The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over alleged plots by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives 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 July 8.
In a statement by the state PDP chairman, Hon Soji Adagunodo, on Saturday, 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 bye-election.
The statement said 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 Election Day.”
“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”.