Why Osun must shun PDP – Oyinlola
By Dapo Akinrefon
THE National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun has warned that any attempt to rig Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State will lead to violent protest.
Speaking at the final mega rally of the party in Osogbo, the APC chairman warned of dire consequences if the August 9 election is manipulated.
He said: “In Osun state, I have seen what it means for a governor to be popular. For those who have ears, let them not tamper with a single vote in Osun State. We will not let them. Let me warn further that from now on, the battle line is drawn. The APC will no longer recognise any government arising from fraud. The APC will no longer accept any stolen mandate. After Ekiti, it must not happen again.
“I want to warn particularly as it concerns February 2015. This country wants change, the APC is prepared for free and fair elections. I must warn that if anybody dares to steal the people’s mandate in February 2015, then we in the APC, will not recognise that government and then, we will proceed to set up a people’s government that the people of this country need. For those who have ears to hear, let them hear that there will be consequences if they fail to hear.” Also speaking, former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu encouraged the electorate to protect their votes.
Jonathan has no say in Osun — Akande
Immediate past National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, said “Jonathan has no say in Osun State because he cannot point put at any project his administration has done in Osun state. There is no denying the fact that Aregbesola has won Saturday’s election, I want you all to go out and vote.”
I was used in PDP — Oyinlola
On his part, Oyinlola said: “I want to talk about the Federal Government after which I will tell you why we cannot vote for the PDP. In June 2010, Jonathan called me and said he wants to vie for the presidency in 2011. I told him to speak with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss his ambition.
There is an agreement between the North and South regarding power shift. President Jonathan used some of us to achieve his aim and thereafter discarded some of us who worked for him. We have been cheated in the PDP. If you look at the all the principal offices in the country, the South west has no position.
“I want to tell you why you should not cast your vote for the PDP. All the former governors are presently in the APC. The candidate of the PDP is self centered. I don’t know how Bola Ige was killed, only God knows. Omisore was arrested for the death of Bola Ige. One other reason you should not vote for the PDP is that the party is divided. It is now left to us to decide who we should vote for. By the grace of the God, we will emerge victorious.
You must defend your votes — Oshiomhole
Speaking on behalf of the APC governors, the Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole encouraged the people of Osun State to defend their votes on Saturday.
“On Saturday, you must defend your votes, you must move away from those who ought to be in prison but for the lapses in our legal system. Democracy is about numbers it is not about force, on Saturday, after voting, you stand by your votes. Your task is simple, mobilize your people. The other people will come with their money, when they give you, take it. But when you take it, vote for your choice and do not feel guilty. You must defend your votes, I know you can even do better.”
In his brief remarks, the first civilian governor, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, charged the electorate: “On Saturday, go with your food to the polling unit and cast your vote. Do not be intimidated when you see the security operatives. After voting, ensure you stand by it and go with it to the collation centre.”
Receiving the APC flag, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola cautioned security operatives not to betray the people of the state but to ensure security of lives, adding “we know that the security operatives will not betray the people of Osun state.”
APC leaders at the rally included Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), and Abdulfatai Ahmed (kwara State).