Ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State said the Peoples Democratic Party in the state has thrown decorum and decency into the mud.
The party in a statement issued by his Publicity Director, Alex Kalejaiye, and made available to newsmen in Akure said the party has demonstrated inelastic penchant for violence, thuggery and unbridled lies in the last few days
The APC added that the PDP perception of the rule of the game of politics lacks grace and elegance.
The statement added, “Those that are sufficiently familiar with the antics of the Peoples Democratic Party will attest to their inelastic penchant for violence, thuggery and unbridled lies.
“They have no qualms with confusing the electorate; where it is impossible to convince the determinants of winners or losers in a democratic contest.
“They believe in victory at all cost, and could go to any length to achieve this. Decency is alien to them; both in strategy and body language.
“All these played out in Akure, 24 hours to the much celebrated flag off, when a sitting governor literally invaded the peaceful city, and willingly offered his security details to provide cover for both the imported and home-based political thugs to wantonly destroy billboards and posters sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The items were meant to educate, and inform the electorate on the crux of the APC campaigns.
The thugs looked, and operated in a reckless manner. Emboldened by their masters, they were prepared to tackle even the security agents.
“As a well-cultured party, with civilised political orientation, the members of the APC exercised uncommon restraints, with a high sense of responsibility to contain the induced provocation. We allowed reasons to prevail, so peace could be sustained.
“The APC’s determination is to ensure, and promote the wellbeing of the people. The ruling party will never identify with acts and plots designed to inflict pains on the people, under the guise of playing politics. We detest playing politics with the lives, welfare and development of our people. Violence and thuggery have no place in our schemes. The APC, therefore, encouraged the various security agents to perform their lawful duties.
“With much hullabaloo, ahead of their campaign flag off last weekend, the PDP presented an intimidating posture; pretending to be working on something spectacular. Many wondered what to expect from a party that has thus far exhibited poor judgements in criticising a glaringly performing government; a government that has prospered where the main opposition party recorded failures.
As if they knew what would happen, governors and federal lawmakers of the fold jettisoned the idea of attending the flag off
. A handful of “imported” super Masters of Ceremony tried to no avail, to salvage the situation. Those in attendance left the venue in different directions.
“The most pitiable of all was the party National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; a man credited to always come second in any political contest. He mischievously said the APC-led government had failed the State in infrastructure development.
“For the records, the APC flag bearer, Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, came in at the nick of time to save the State from further sliding. He has helped in lifting, and restoring the glory and prestige of the State. He is here to give back to a state, whose development he is passionate about. He asks for no personal gains.
“The current government has an unequal knack for infrastructure development, and has constructed over 400 kilometres of road across the state within three and a half years.
The dualization of Ikare Township Road is the first of its kind in that part of the state. It baffles road users, and indeed sincere observers, till date, how the Oke Alabojuto was brought low, and dualized. The number of lives that have since been saved by that singular act of ingenuity cannot be quantified.
“The Ore fly over bridge is also the first of its kind in the state, and was completed in record time.”
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