The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Nigeria Police Force and other sister security agencies to close down the All Progressives Congress (APC) state secretariat over the violence that erupted on Saturday during the appeal committee seating.
This is as the PDP has alleged that the APC secretariat has become a place of war instead of party administration adding that the call has become imperative so as to de-escalate the violence and commotion that has been associated with the APC ward congress and appeal.
Making the call, the party in a press statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Ayodeji Areola on Sunday in Osogbo stated that the PDP was alarmed by the turn of events in the APC where a ward congress became unmanageable with attendant violence.
It stated that the party is not surprised because the democratic management of party affairs is alien to the APC which has resulted in the state being portrayed as the nation’s capital of negativity due to a ward congress degenerating to a dangerous level.
Expressing dismay at the failure of the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, to effectively manage the APC supporters, the party disclosed that the people of Osun had resigned to fate in the face of his unarguable cluelessness in managing state affairs.
It wondered whether violence remained the only dividend reserved for Osun and how the state governor could be at peace with the level of violence unleashed on the state by the factionalised state APC adding that the disregard for human lives was alarming.
The statement called on the warring factions in the APC to sheathe their swords in the interest of Osun people as the level of panic as a result of the sporadic gunshots by party thugs at the Ogo-Oluwa area of the state capital and other parts of the state on Saturday was sickening and condemnable.
“It is sad that economic activities in these areas were forcefully flagged down as people have to close shops to avoid falling victims of rampaging APC thugs and their bullets. It is indeed a sad turn of events in our dear state,” it read.
Osun PDP, while offering to assist the warring factions in the APC with civilised modes of approaching domestic issues in a political party, also sympathised with victims of the internal party crisis.
“We admonish the suffering masses not to cave into dejection at this time as the four-year ‘Remote Controlled’ regime is fast running out.
“Residents are instead advised to arm themselves with voter cards in the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in steady preparation to reverse the gear of the current shenanigans and reshape the state into a productive path,” it said.