Osun election: Expect heavy security presence, says Jonathan
Aug 2nd, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said the people of Osun State should expect heavy presence of the security agents during the August 9 state governorship poll.
Jonathan made the disclosure before a huge crowd at the mega rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in the main bowl of the Osogbo City Stadium, where the national party leadership handed over the PDP flag to its Osun State governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
He said the election would be well policed to prevent breakdown of law and order, warning that the security agents would deal with whoever cause trouble before, during and after the poll according to the law.
The President, who assured that nobody would be allowed to snatch the box and get away with, maintained that every vote would count.
He said no party can rival PDP’s transparency in picking their candidates, urging the people to vote Omisore in the forthcoming election because the he was ready to support him develop the state.
According to him: “All we need is your vote for Omisore and leave the rest for us to support him develop Osun State. Omisore is a grassroots man and someone who does not look down on people. He also respect the traditional rulers.”
Jonathan apologised for arriving at the rally behind the scheduled time, saying he went to pay courtesy calls on some traditional rulers in the state.
He said some of what the projects he had done for Osun State were in the flyers that being distributed to the people who attended the rally and would not want to waste their time by mentioning them one by one.
Speaking after receiving the permission of the party’s leadership to flag its flag, Omisore asked the people to show their cards which they would use to vote him into office in the August 9 poll.
Many stalwarts of the party in attendance include the Vice President, Arch Namadi Sambo, the party’s Board of Trustees chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, the National chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, the Ekiti State governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, the chairman, Mobilization Committee for PDP in South West, Buruji Kasamu, former deputy governor in Osun State and former Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, the deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, the former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole and Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio.
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