The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State chapter, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to cover its face in shame over what it called the party’s legacy of violence and brigandage.
It made this known in a release issued by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Mr. Dauda Kolawole, in reaction to a statement issued by the party accusing the APC-led state government of compromising public peace and security.
The APC said it was worrisome that a party like the PDP which, in eight years of its reign in Oyo State, foisted on the polity a culture of impunity and bloodshed, could still be bold enough to accuse anyone else of compromising peace.
“These people are working on the so-called short memory of Nigerians. If not, could they have imagined that we have forgotten so soon how the party’s eight-year rule was marred by violence, bloodshed and killing of our people? The name PDP in our state is synonymous with bloodshed and we can never forget the harrowing years of their being in power. To us, their years are years of the locusts,” said the APC.
The APC said that in the discovery of the kidnappers’ den in Ibadan nicknamed Evil Forest, the Abiola Ajimobi government had demonstrated high level of leadership and responsibility that any civilized government should in a moment of crisis.
“On the Saturday that the news broke, though Governor Ajimobi was not in town, he dispatched his aides to lend a helping hand to those who needed help and ambulances were provided for emergency operations. This was done on Saturday and Sunday that the news broke. On Monday, the governor rallied round all the security apparatus of the state and personally went round the scene of the crime. He spoke with the residents, empathized with them and asked for a minute silence for the repose of the souls of the kidnapped victims
“The governor engaged the community at the event, asked them for what they thought was responsible for the den and the way out of it. The community asked the governor to clear the forest and demolish the make-shift buildings where the kidnappers were having a field day. After that, the governor ordered that the C of O of the land be revoked and promised to extend developmental activities to the Soka area,” said the APC.
The party said that in comparison, the APC was way out of the class of the PDP in the mastery of the art of governance and did not need the party’s suggestion on how to run good governance.