The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of using security agents to arrest and intimidate its members.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Oyo APC Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, the party condemned the frequent invitation and detention of some of its members over unfounded allegations of vandalising President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign billboards in some parts of the state.
The statement reads: “For about a month now, the Caretaker Chairman of Oyo West Local Government Area, Mr. Adesoji Ojoawo, and other members of our party have been regular visitors to the police headquarters in Ibadan over a sponsored allegation of destroying PDP billboards even they had proved their innocence. The council boss was again invited last Friday on the same issue and he has since been detained at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office.
“While it has been established that the billboard, in question, might have damaged by heavy winds the same security agents would not hide their bias on the issue of campaign billboards vandalism as they fail to act on formal reports of palpable sponsored damages done to those of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi and other candidates of the APC.
“Meanwhile, as part of their usual practices in power, some PDP elements in the state would not spare any effort to intimidate, harass and witch-hunt members of the APC who are perceived to be thorn in their flesh as the nation journeys to the general elections and this is playing out in this case where Ojoawo is being victimized without any justification.
“Having failed to utilize the chances at its disposal for good 16 years at the helms of affairs in this country, the PDP is faced with threat of monumental all-round defeat at the polls but some of its power-drunk member would seek refuge in seeking to keep leaders of the APC out of circulation to save their faces or upturn the resolve of the electorate to vote them out.
“Fayoses, Fani-Kayodes, Patience Jonathans and Dokubos are there sponsoring violence against the opposition but there is nobody to check mate them. On this note, we call on the PDP power mongers as well as their willing among security agents to desist from further abuse of privilege and stop heating up the polity as a result of incessant harassment and intimidation of our members”.