BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO – Ahead of August 9 governorship election in Osun State, both Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate and his main challenger Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are talking tough while asking the electorates to vote for them.
Omisore yesterday warned the former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu to steer clear of the state ahead of the elections, stressing that “Tinubu will regret any attempt he makes to cause violence in the state before, during and after the election.”
Also, Omisore declared that Governor Aregbesola lacks the qualities to lead a state like Osun, hence the need to vote him out.
But APC, in its response by the state Director of Research and Publicity, Mr Kunle Oyatomi said; “At last, Omisore let the cat out of the bag. It is no secret anymore that the PDP at the very highest level has, in Omisore’s own words, ‘concluded arrangement to remove Ogbeni Aregbesola from office’, making the PDP participation in election itself only a sadistic formality.
“We are not amused about his boast that the PDP will withdraw security details from Aregbesola in the coming days or weeks. It only tells us the level the PDP is ready to go, in violation of the constitution, to capture Osun.
“Omisore’s declaration that the next election is a war confirmed what the Vice President has said earlier and to garnish this lawlessness, Omisore warned that when they start the war, people of Osun should hide their heads. Is this a man who wants to rule Osun or who wants to destroy it?’
“Everyone should be convinced by now that what the PDP seeks is to assume power undemocratically by any means including murder, violence and any conceivable method deploy by terrorists.”
Omisore, a former Deputy Governor of the state and former Chairman, Senate committee on Finance and Appropriation, who spoke in Osogbo during a special prayer and reconcilatory session organised for him by the state chapter of the PDP, said “Tinubu does not have monopoly of violence and he will regret if he tries to cause crisis in Osun.”