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PDP, APC Continue Slug Fest over Osun Guber Poll

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As has become the norm with rival parties during Nigerian elections, accusations and counter accusations continued to fly over the Osun political space with just a day to the governorship election in the state.

Yesterday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it had uncovered the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) manual to rig Saturday's governorship election in the state, complete with projected fake results in all the 30 local government areas of the state.

Speaking at a press conference in Osogbo, APC Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, said the rigging plans were contained in two documents prepared by the PDP in Osun State, and which are now in the possession of the opposition party.

The first is a “secret” document marked “highly confidential” that contains a meticulous outline of plans to rig the election, polling unit by polling unit, using pre-programmed ballot papers already designed and thumb printed with vanishing ink in favour of PDP.

The second document, entitled “Task Force: Operation (PDP) Takeover of Osun”, lists the actions to be taken at most of the 30 local government areas in the state, including thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes and instigation of violent clashes, the PDP members to coordinate the recommended actions and the APC members to be arrested to pave the way for such actions.

According to the party, the “secret” document further contains the plan to deploy specified number of impression ballot papers and vanishing ink in 1,195 polling units across 155 wards in all local government areas of Osun State, in addition to a plan to de-register 47,000 voters, whose Voters' Identification Numbers have been illegally acquired so they won't find their names on the voters register on election day.

It further alleged that the document also contains the number of pre-allotted votes for each local government to make up the number of 406,116, which the PDP has pre-allotted to itself even before the commencement of voting!

APC gave the breakdown of the self-allotted figures, as contained in the document as follows: Atakumosa East (10,000); Atakumosa West (10,000), Ayedaade (15,000), Ayedire (10,000), Boluwaduro (5,000); Boripe (10,000); Ede North (10,130); Ede South (10,000); Egbedore (10,000); Ejigbo (15,000); Ife Central (35,000); Ifedayo (7,000); Ife East (33,018); Ifelodun (15,000) and Ife North (20,000).

Others listed in the rigging document are: Ife South (20,000); Ila (10,000); Ilesa East (10,000); Ilesa West (10,340); Irepodun (10,007); Irewole (20,105); Isokan (10,000); Iwo (15,000); Obokun (10,203); Odo-Otin (10,107); Ola-Oluwa (5,070); Olorunda (15,000); Oriade (10,000); Orolu (7,936 and Osogbo (28,000).

The party alleged that the rigging plan will be carried out in connivance with key INEC officials from the national headquarters and those deployed from other states, with the staunch backing of all security agencies deployed for the election, with particularly-mobilised personnel, former militants and masked thugs impersonating security officials under a combined team code named “Election Task Force”, directly under the instructions of Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro (Minister of State for Defence) and Jelili Adesiyan (Minister of Police Affairs), Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and Mr. Chris Uba.

It said the mandate of the task force included the intimidation, harassment and arrest of APC party chieftains, agents and sympathisers who are uncompromising or refuse their offer of filthy lucre.

APC claimed the second document, a part of which was written in long hand, contained even more damning evidence that the PDP had decided to employ rigging, thuggery and other acts of violence to “win” Osun at all costs on Saturday.

The party said the document listed members of the “Omisore Youth Forum” who must be supported with the deployment of a “Strike Force” to foment trouble on election day.

It further alleged that the members are Adedotun Adebowale (alias Marcel), Kingsley Awosiyan, Muyiwa Odikunrin, Wale Ojo, Kola Oladipupo and Kako Banji.

The PDP members to be provided with “Strike Force” to enable them disrupt voting, stuff ballot boxes or snatch ballot papers were listed as Halif A. Adeniran from Isokan War 10; Blessing Ikeaba (Ilesa West); Sunday Akanfe Atidade (Ede South, Kuge Ward 2); Shaibu Oyedokun (Ede South, Ward 10 and 11); Bode Falade (Ejigbo Ward 2); Raji Kayode (Ejigbo Ward 5) and Lasisi Gambia (Iwo, Oke Adan Ward 2).

Also, APC members to be arrested include Moshood Abdulahi, Akorede Lawal and Basiru Awobode (Isokan Ward 3); Femi Fasoro, Lanre Abu, Taiye Alapa, Seyi Elese and Taye Johnson (Ilesa West); Dele Nafui (Ayedire); Peter Babalola (Irewole) as well as Ramah Ajiboye, Johnson Ojo, Adedeji Soji and Alimi Kajogbola (Ede South).

APC said actions to be taken to swing the election in favour of the PDP were also listed in the various local government areas, including Ife Central (stuffing of ballot boxes, thuggery and physical clashes); Atakumosa East (Multiple voting, thuggery and ballot stuffing); Ife North (Electoral Violence); Ayedaade (Electoral violence and rigging); Egbedore (Snatching of ballot boxes and ballot papers) and Ede South (Snatching of ballot boxes).

The party also alleged that it was not true that the military command was unaware of the plan to use soldiers to rig the Osun election, as 38 army officers were dispatched to Osun on Wednesday and were part of the team that disrupted the rally that was to be held in Osogbo by the NLC in support of Governor Aregbesola.

It claimed that Chris Uba had been given 50 soldiers from Enugu, which he would lead to Osun for one mission and one mission only: “Brutalise, intimidate or kill any APC supporter who wants to prevent PDP's rigging. One wonders when Uba joined the army that he has now become a military commander!”

APC said the outlined rigging plan would explain why the PDP had boasted repeatedly that it would capture Osun, having successfully executed similar plans in Delta Senatorial, Anambra governorship and Ekiti governorship elections.
But in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the claims of the APC were merely false alarms “It is part of APC false alarm and blackmail. The party is preparing a soft landing for its defeat on Saturday,” the ruling party said.

Dismissing the claim, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said in a statement that the allegations were completely wild, baseless and mere fabrications aimed at distracting PDP members and supporters and discouraging them from fully participating in the election.

It said the allegation was a ploy by the APC to make its members and supporters over-confident and divert attention to their own sinister plan.

Stating that there will be no room for rigging, the PDP added: “The process of accreditation, voting, counting of votes and declaration of results will be openly observed by the print, electronic and social media as well as local and international observers.”

The PDP said one of the legacies of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is free, fair and credible polls, adding that “such will in no way be compromised in Osun or any other election for that matter.”

It therefore called on its members and supporters to completely disregard the APC and come out en masse to vote for its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, stressing that it remained focused on the election having worked very hard to earn the confidence and support of the people of Osun State.

The party reminded Nigerians of the fact that for the APC, elections are only free and fair when they win and rigged when they lose.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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