By Gbenga Olarinoye, Osogbo.
All Progressive Congress, APC, in Osun state chapter yesterday gave a two-week ultimatum to the leadership of Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Service, DSS, to arrest former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode over the purported video showing how the party allegedly rigged last year’s governorship polls in Osun State.
Reacting to the claims by Fani-Kayode, when he appeared on a Lagos-based television station on Thursday, APC said should security agents fail to prosecute the director of Media of Jonathan Campaign Organisation, it would compel Governor Aregbesola to set up an independent panel to look into the matter.
The party also threatened to institute a legal action against Fani-Kayode, if he failed to apologize for allegedly telling lies against it, stressing that the video was fabricated and meant to malign APC.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, Osun State APC chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, said the PDP intended to use the video to deceive Nigerians, adding that the ruling party in the state would not allow any individual or party to drag its image in the mud.
“APC is demanding for an independent Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the entire process leading to the Osun Election. We demand an exposition of all that happened two weeks to the election,the night before the election and on the day of the election up to the announcement of election result the following morning”.
“When the panel of inquiry is convoked,it must be given the power to extract evidence from anybody through invitation and that nobody must refuse to appear before it.
“Failure by the President, National Assembly and security agents to act on this within two weeks, we will call on the governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to take up the task of setting up a panel of inquiry without delay,” Famoodun said.
Dismissing the accusations that it rigged the Osun polls, Famoodun said if the tape was genuine, PDP would have taken it to the tribunal to prosecute its case.
He added that APC through its lawyer on November 17, 2014, wrote to inform the police and DSS about the video that was at the time being circulated online.