OSUN 2018:


Leaders of various political parties in Osun State have started working to unite all opposition parties in order to field one candidate under a new party to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2018 governorship election.

Leaders of the political parties at a meeting held in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Thursday included those from the Labour Party, Accord Party, Social Democratic Party and Action Alliance Democratic Peoples Party.

Some of the prominent politicians present at the meeting, under the auspices of Isokan Osun, were the deputy governorship candidate of the Labour Party in the 2014 governorship poll, Ishola Adenipekun; the candidate of the Accord Party in the bye-election in Ile-Ife, Mr. Segun Fanibe; a former Director of Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West, Dr. Yinka Adigun; and chieftains of other political parties in the state.

The politicians, who addressed members of various parties present at the meeting, said it was time to remove the “bondage” forced on them by the ruling APC in the state.

The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Suleiman Bello, said there was severe hunger in the state, which he said was caused by poor governance by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

He warned the electorate against selling their votes in 2018, alleging that the money paid to buy the conscience of some voters in 2014 was the reason the citizens were now languishing in poverty.

Bello said, “The people of Osun are suffering. There is suffering in the country, but it is much more pronounced here. Workers are receiving half salaries for over a year now and we think something is not wrong?

“Let us wrest power from the ruling party, otherwise we may continue to wallow in poverty for a long time to come. I am talking to all members of political parties present here today.

“Let us work together and wrest power from the ruling party. We will tell you the name of the political party under which our candidate will contest.”

Fanibe said aged women were the most reliable set of voters, but said they were always sidelined whenever benefits came. He urged the gathering to correct this.


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