…They are crying wolf —APC
By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Two of the groups that supported the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Omisore Youth Solidarity Forum, OYSF and Iyiola Omisore Organisation, IOO, yesterday in Osogbo alleged that the poll was fraught with massive rigging and irregularities by the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Describing the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who polled 394,684 to defeat Omisore, who got 292,147 votes as a daylight robbery, the groups expressed optimism that the “election tribunal and court of superior and competent jurisdiction shall do justice” to retrieve the PDP’s stolen mandate.
But the APC through its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi said, “It is not worth the bother to exchange words on the last election with the Omisore gang. They wanted Rufus Akeju out as Osun REC, because they thought if he presided the election process, he would rig it for the APC.
”So, against INEC’s own wish, they sacrificed the poor man so that the PDP could win. Now in spite of that and many other horrific things done by the Federal Government to help the PDP, they lost. The next step should be sorted out at the Tribunal, whatever evidence they have should be presented there, and not at a press conference.”
However, at a briefing, the director of IOO, Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District, Mr Rotimi Adeyenuwo alleged that “going through the reports of our members across the three state’s senatorial districts, one could see clear incidence of electoral fraud characterised by thuggery, intimidation of PDP agents and supporters, voting by underaged, ballot stuffing and extension of voting till 8.00 pm in Ejigbo local government.”