PDP, APC in verbal war over Osun poll
•We’ll police Osun like Ekiti, Jonathan vows
FIVE days to the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, a fiery war of words has been ignited between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The verbal exchange coincided with the visit yesterday of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state.
Jonathan said Osun State residents should expect heavy presence of security agents during the August 9 governorship poll.
The situation, he stated, will be reminiscent of the just-concluded Ekiti State governorship election won by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Jonathan spoke at the mega rally of the PDP in the main bowl of the Osogbo City Stadium where the national leadership handed over the party’s flag to its Osun State governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
He said the election would be well policed to prevent a breakdown of law and order, warning that the security agents would deal with whoever causes 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 it, maintained that every vote must 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 he (Jonathan) was ready to support Omisore 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 respects the traditional rulers.”
Jonathan apologised for arriving at the rally behind schedule, saying he went to pay courtesy calls on some traditional rulers in the state.
He said some of the projects he had done for Osun State were in the flyers being distributed to the people who attended the rally, saying he won’t want to waste time by listing 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 included Vice President 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, Ayo Fayose; the chairman, Mobilisation Committee for PDP in South West, Buruji Kasamu, former deputy governor in Osun State and former Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada.
Others were the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha; former Speaker, Dimeji Bankole and Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio; the caretaker chairman, South West, Isola Filani; former national Deputy chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Shuab Oyedokun; former Board chairman of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, Chief Yemi Farombi; former Lagos State deputy governor, Akerele-Bucknor; former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; Senator Bode Olajumoke, Chief Ebenezer Babatope and Hon. Wole Oke.
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