Omisore’s negative campaign in Osun

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In Nigeria
Jul 28th, 2014
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SIR: Senator Iyiola Omisore, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9, governorship election in Osun State has been going about his campaign in the most negative way. This could be either he is not acquainted with the fine art of mounting the soap box or he does not believe in wooing the electorate whom he hopes to preside over.

He has been going round telling lies and intimidating the people. He has never proposed any agenda of governance. Rather, all he keeps telling people is that he would reverse all the policies of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on education. He kept referring to Osun indigenes that have returned home to help in the development of their state as ‘foreigners’. He has been bandying words like ‘capital flight’ without explaining what he meant (obviously, he does not know the meaning).

He does not know and does not care to know about the policy of backward integration in the state that mandates contractors and government officials to maximise items purchases in the markets in the state and it is only where this is not available that other markets can be considered.

He also is not aware of the 10-kilometre roads constructed in each local government and handled exclusively by local contractors.

He has also been constituting nuisance everywhere he goes to campaign. His convoy would deliberately block the roads and force other motorists to queue behind them for hours, in order to give the impression that they are all together. This infuriates them to no end. Then his scanty crowd at the Gbongan Road campaign office will take over the entire express road, stalling traffic on the ever busy road, in gross act of lawlessness.

On the contrary, the All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat on the other side of the road, though with bigger crowd, conducts its affairs with discretion, with its crowd tucked neatly into the belly of its wide compound.

While the state governor moves quietly, without siren and not disturbing anyone, Omisore’s convoy moves about the state menacingly, driving other road users out of the road with his thugs hanging precariously on tailboards, car bumpers and car roofs, with doors open, wielding various cudgels and whips, creating an atmosphere of terror and insecurity, making citizens and other road users to scamper for safety.

The worst part is that he keeps threatening every community he goes to campaign that he would flood their communities with soldiers and arrest their leaders and opposition figures few days before the election. I thought he could not do this but I was horrified to hear him on tape threatening the people of Ifewara that he would flood the community with soldiers who would not hear a single Yoruba word.

He has never articulated any policy on education, healthcare, job creation, agriculture, infrastructure, rural development and road construction. How on earth does he hope to win?

Distributing kerosene and other subversive gifts a few days before the election will simply not cut it. He does not know that he is being tolerated and August 9 would be his Judgement Day.

• Michael Ogundele,

Osogbo, Osun State

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