By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
The ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state have disagreed on the recent arrest of a member of the PDP in Ikirun, headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, Mrs. Toyin Adesina for allegedly luring the people of the area into exchanging their voter’s cards to secure appointment with the Federal Government poverty alleviation programme, the Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
While the ACN described the action as part of the desperate act of the PDP to rig the 2014 governorship election in the state, the PDP said the arrest of Adesina was orchestrated by the state government to frustrate members of the party in the state.
The ACN Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi said the PDP was desperate at rigging the next year election in the state and it had begun the process of rigging it with the alleged act of one of its members.
He urged the Police to investigate the matter genuinely and get to its root to ensure that the state is cleared from illegal acts.
But the PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Prince Bola Ajao insisted that the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the PDP member was the height of frustration against opposition members especially the PDP.
He explained that the party organized an empowerment seminar for its members in Ifelodun Local Government Area and a part of the requirements to participate in the seminar was possession of voter’s cards.
He added that the party directed Mrs. Adesina to collate the voter’s cards of the members who will participate in the seminar, stressing that the ACN only wanted to use her as a scape goat having been worried by the recent defection of some members of the ACN to the PDP in the area.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Adesina, a 42 year old member of the PDP was picked at the weekend at Ward 2, Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Council of Osun State by the Police.
She had since been charged to court for alleged unlawful possession of voter’s cards and conduct likely to cause public peace.