APC plotting to rig July 8 bye-election for Osun West Senatorial District

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Osun State chapter of the Peoples  Democratic Party (PDP) on
Saturday said it has uncovered alleged plots by Governor Rauf Aregbesola
and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to compromise voters’ registers
in some local governments of the state ahead of the bye-election into
the Osun West Senatorial District holding on the 8th of July.

In a statement issued by the state chairman of the PDP, Hon Soji
Adagunodo , the party said the plot  was hatched  at a clandestine
meeting held by stalwarts of the APC  to plan strategies  against the
unavoidable and imminent electoral defeat of their party  in the

The statement reads in part, “a top ranking member of the Aregbesola
administration who is the chairman of a commission in Osun state and who
hails from one of the local governments in Osun West senatorial
district was assigned the responsibility of liaising with some officials
of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a view to
distorting voters register in areas regarded as strongholds of the PDP
so that thousands of voters would be disenfranchised on election day.”

“Their plan is to remove names of eligible voters from the register
or in some cases relocate their names to different polling centres in a
manner that will make it too late to raise any complaints and get a
redress on the day of the election.”

“In addition, the APC plans to massively rig elections through ballot
box stuffing in Iwo, Ejigbo, Egbedore, and Irewole Local Governments.
The PDP in Osun state warns that these desperate measures by Governor
Aregbesola and his sinking ship of failed politicians will be resisted
with all legitimate means at our disposal.”

“We wish to remind the Governor of a quotation by the French poet
Victor Hugo who said “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in
the world; and that one thing is an idea whose time has come.”

“The PDP also wishes to warn officials of the Electoral commission to
stay clear of any act of partisanship or conduct capable of bringing
the body into disrepute at such a crucial moment in the political
history of Nigeria. We urge our members and the general public to remain
vigilant in preparations for the decisive election in Osun West
 senatorial district”, the statement added.

Reacting to the PDP’s claims, the director of publicity, research and
strategy of APC in Osun, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi described the
accusation of the PDP as fallout of imminent electoral defeat during
the July 8 bye election.

According to him, “They are hallucinating. They are afraid of
themselves. Which faction of the PDP is accusing us of planning to rig
bye election on July 8. Is it the Alimodu Sheriff faction or Senator
Ahmed Makarfi faction.

“As far as we are concerned, we don’t have a competitor in this
coming bye election. We are winning this election because the PDP did
not have a credible candidate. How would you describe a political party
that somebody decamped to and within 24 hours, they made such a person
their candidate for Osun West Senatorial District bye-election.”

“That shows that the whole two factions cannot even boast of any
credible aspirant for that senatorial seat. I wonder how a party that
cannot get a credible candidate for election into the Senate would get a
credible candidate for governorship election next year. They just
decided to field someone, who is a political neophyte as candidate
because they had to, afterall, we are in democracy”, Oyatomi remarked.

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