…vows to resist election rigging
By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”HAVING considered the enormous influence the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo wielded on the 2007 election in the South West zone of the country, the Action Congress, AC, in Oyo State has sternly warned him to reject any invitation by his party members to tinker with the 2011 polls.
The party, through its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Wasiu Adewale said, in a statement, that a repeat of massive electoral fraud that permeated the last election would not be allowed in the next election.
The party said the warning became necessary in view of the fact that â€œsome PDP members in the state have been paying secret visits to Obasanjo in his Ota Farm, apparently to strategize on how another round of electoral malpractices will be unleashed on the state in 2011 since it is believed the former President still wields a lot of influence on Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan.
It said, â€œthe Ota farmer should decline any invitation to partake in another round of electoral malpractices as people are more than ready to defend their rights this time and ensure that only credible people are elected to man all political offices from 2011 if only to work for the continued existence and the well-being of their beloved state.â€
AC stressed that in the previous elections in Oyo and other parts of the country, most candidates of the PDP were allegedly awarded fictitious victory but it would be resisted in the next election.
â€œThe monumental electoral fraud of 2003 and 2007 were still fresh in the memory of the people as Oyo State, like many others across the country, was a direct victim. This resulted in the current socio-political and economic doldrums which pervade the land while the masses continue to suffer unjustifiably.
â€œIt is therefore imperative for the likes of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to allow the people choose their leaders through the ballot without undue influence as this remains the only way democracy and good governance could be encouraged in the land.
Sovereignty lies with the people and they should have the final say on who represent them at various positions of authority in a democracyâ€, the party said.