BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO—THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun State chapter, yesterday called on security agencies in the to ensure the security of lives and property during the rally to flag-off Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s re-election bid in Ile-Ife, today.
This came as APC alleged that PDP planned to cause mayhem in the state and disrupt the kick-off of the campaign.
At a briefing ahead of the APC rally, Folorunsho Bamisaiyemi alleged that the plan to kill and maim APC members was hatched in a popular hotel in Ife at the weekend.
Also, APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, warned the PDP against doing evil “because evil will consume them.”
However, PDP claimed it had been informed that APC, planned to storm the campaign venue with over 100 bus-load of supporters and thugs from Lagos.
A statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of Omisore Campaign Organisation, Diran Odeyemi alleged that the buses that would convey APC members and thugs from Lagos would be arriving the state early today .
The statement reads: “We are speaking now because we know what might have informed the choice of Ile-Ife, where APC can only point to Oriolokun bust as its achievement in four years, as venue for the flag-off of the campaign for Aregbesola. They want to bring battle to Ile-Ife, the stronghold of Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Otunba Iyiola Omisore and that is why they will go to the extent of going to Lagos to bring down supporters and thugs to populate campaign ground for APC.”
Why the polls can’t be rigged — INEC
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday assured that the August 9 governorship poll in the state would be free and fair to all the parties, saying it had put in place measures that would make it difficult for politicians to rig.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC, Dr Rufus Akeju, while declaring open a two-day workshop organised by the Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in collaboration with a non governmental organisation, Democracy Vanguard, said the election would be monitored by election observers from both within and outside the country.