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PDP, AC trade words over Aregbesola’s arrest

By Henry Umoru

Abuja —The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor has accused its rival party, the Action Congress (AC) of having in its midst those he described as elements armed with smoking guns and band of pretenders.

Hailing the arrest of Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the AC governorship candidate in the 2007 election in Osun State by the Police over his alleged forgery of the Police Report that led to the retrial of his petition, said the action has “further exposed the AC and its band of pretenders for what they truly are.”

A statement signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, in Abuja, yesterday, however, called on the Police not to leave any stone unturned “in unravelling the mystery behind this fraud committed in their name”.

Part of the statement reads, “It is sad, indeed, shameful to note that the same people whose stock in trade is name- calling and loud claims to moral piety are the same ones involved in this ignoble scandal that has not only misled the judiciary but has also caused an unnecessary distraction to the purposeful government of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in the service of his people in the last two years.

Meanwhile, AC has said the police and not Aregbesola, should be indicted over the ongoing controversy on the authenticity or otherwise of the police report which Aregbesola tendered before the Osun Election Petition Tribunal. “The Nigeria Police Force should be indicted for cover-up, because they knew about this report more than a year before they suddenly labelled it fake,’’ the party said in a statement issued on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.


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