Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State yesterday enjoined his supporters not to be intimidated by the presence of soldiers and police officers at the polling centres during the August 9 governorship election in the state.
Speaking during the campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Iwo, Aregbesola said the soldiers had no right to send the electorate away during elections.
He contended that attempts to rig the election by soldiers and police officers would be resisted by the electorate.
According to him, “If soldiers attempt to shoot you, do not run away from them. They can’t kill all of you. In fact, any soldier that kills more than 200 people will be killed.” Aregbesola equally urged his supporters not to leave the polling centres until the election results are announced.
He also asked his supporters across the state not to be intimidated by members of the opposition political parties before and during the election.
Also, Aregbesola charged his loyalists to come out en mass during the election, saying the election would determine the fate of the state for another four years.
Meanwhile, the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday at Oke Ila Orangun in Ifedayo Local Government Area of the state said Aregbesola would flee back to Lagos on August 9 after his rejection by the electorate at the end of the governorship election.
He urged the natives of Oke Ila not to be intimidated by the alleged evil machinations of desperate politicians who had perfected strategies to scare them away from exercising their civic rights at the polling booths.
Addressing a mammoth the party loyalists and admirers at the frontage of the palace of Orangun of Oke Ila Orangun, Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin, Omisore noted that “on August 9, I am telling you all that Aregbesola will escape back to Lagos after his shameful defeat and outright rejection by the masses of Osun during the election.
Omisore stressed: “We are your people and not strangers who have invaded Osun and squandered our hard earned resources without recourse to the economic growth of our dear state and individual empowerment of our people.”
According to him, “Ila Orangun-Oke Ila Orangun road is in a sorry state and they keep deploying propaganda on the radio that they have fixed all the roads both in urban and rural communities in Osun,” promising that “when the PDP assume power, all the roads linking communities with cities will be rehabilitated.”
Also Omisore said: “we would revert to the former names of the schools merged and break the current monopoly of school uniforms by Aregbesola’s government, expressing optimism that “on August 10 after declaration of results, we would all be jubilating across the state.”
While accusing the APC-led administration of allegedly failing to conduct local government election as promised by Aregbesola some months back, Omisore cautioned parents to dissuade their children from being used as thugs by politicians during the election, stressing that “we do not rely on charms or traditional weapons to win election on August. We are counting on God and our people to rescue Osun”.
The PDP governorship candidate was received by the Orangun of Oke Ila Orangun, Oba Abolarin who prayed for his success at the poll.
The monarch, who described traditional rulers as fathers to all politicians, irrespective of political parties said: “Our local government is small, but you must give us our dues if voted into power. Take care of Ora Igbomina, Oke Ila and all the less cities because we are at the extreme end of the state,” he posited.
Reacting, the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the APC in Osun, Kunle Oyatomi, said there was no need to react over Omisore’s statement, explaining that “I can’t react over a statement that Aregbesola would flee to Lagos on August 9. He can say anything he likes, but it does not worth reacting to.”