BY GBENGA OLARINOYE, OSOGBO
Osun State police command Thursday what could have result into a political violence in Ibokun, headquarters of Obokun Local Government of Osun State when people suspected to be hired political thugs embarked on destruction of political bill boards, poster of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The destruction of posters and bill boards of Governor Rauf Aregbesola allegedly took place during the campaign rally by the Peoples’ Democratic Party PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore in Ibokun.
It was reliably gathered that during the preparation for the PDP campaign rally in Ibokun, some people suspected to be hired political thugs were seen defacing the posters and billboards of Governor Aregbesola and replacing them with that of Senator Omisore.
The hoodlums were however challenged by some youths in the town who demanded to know the reason for the destruction of Aregbesola’s posters and billboards.
Sources said that the development led to hot exchange of words between the two parties but the timely intervention of the monarch of the community, Alademure of Ibokun, Oba Festus Awogboro saved the situation from degenerating into full blown political crisis in the state.
At the time of filling this reports, relative calm have returned to the community while Senator Iyiola Omisore continued with his door-to-door rally in the area.
No arrest has also not been made by the police.
The State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Maishanu said that the command will not hesitate to deal with anybody according to the laws whose action is found wanting in his regards.
When contacted, the Director of Media and Strategy of PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi denied the allegation saying that the allegation that PDP boys were after posters of Governor Aregbesola were not true and has political undertone.
Meanwhile, a social-political organization in the State, De Raufs Volunteer group has described the destruction of Governor Aregbesola campaign billboards and posters as criminal and barbaric.
In a press statement signed by the Director- General of the group, comrade Amitolu Shittu, the group noted with utmost dismay that destroying governor Aregbesola billboards and posters cannot save opponents from imminent defeat come august 9th election.
According to comrade Shittu, the opposition are only intimidated by the popularity and acceptability of governor Aregbesola by the people of Osun state which make the jittery opponent to hide under the darkness of the night to perpetrate unpopular and ignominious activities.
According to De Raufs Volunteer group, Aregbesola’s popularity is not by accident given the good work done by APC candidate, in the past three and half years as governor of the state.
‘if we are to do election tomorrow, there is no doubt that Aregbesola will carry the day. This make opponent panic, we can assure them that if they think what they can have a field day as they did in Ekiti, that’s a mistake’
Furthermore, comrade Amitolu shittu has called on police to do thorough investigation about the explosion that occurred in ile-ife, Osun state on Monday.
This is necessary considering the forthcoming election, it is very important that police should get to the root of the matter, because the opposition in the state will use the explosion as an excuse to justify huge presence of security personnel that will intimidate voters during the gubernatorial poll, just as it happened in Ekiti state.