As citizens in Osun State prepare for the governorship elections slated for August 9, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore has called on security agencies to call Governor Rauf Aregbesola to order.
The call was made in a statement signed by the Omisore Campaign Organization’s Director of Media and Strategy, Diran Odeyemi. Below is the full text of the statement:
“ We watch with surprise and trepidation and we condemn in the strongest possible terms the call to violence by the Osun State Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a live television programme on Osun State Broadcasting Service aired on April 12 ,2014.
This open call to arm is the final stage of the governor and his party’s desperation in view of their imminent defeat in August. We are not unaware of the evil plot of the Governor to illegally purchase police uniforms for the many militants groups he has been training ahead of the election. We are aware of the Boko Haram elements the governor has been nursing for the past two years as well as several thugs he is training in several locations in Lagos state. We urgently call on the security agencies to probe the governor and call him to order as a matter of urgency.
The governor in the live programme openly incited the people of Osun state to take up arms in the forthcoming governorship election slated for August 9, 2014. Ogbeni Aregbesola had a week ago in an interview declared that there will be blood flowing in the state if the Peoples Democratic Party is to win the forthcoming election in Osun state. We take these utterances by a man who is supposed to be the Chief Security Officer of the state to be a manifestation of gross irresponsibility , a direct threat to peace in the state and a reflection of defeatist attitude by the All Progressive congress even before the actual election.
We are shocked that the governor by his conduct has constituted himself into a security risk by directly threatening the peace of the state. The APC by extension is conceding that the mass of our people had indeed rejected its retrogressive rule and are ready to vote it out come August 9. No genuine democrat will resort to violence simply because the voters are saying no to treasury looting,retrogressive educational policies and economically strangulating rule.
In view of the various manifestation of violence prone personality disorder by the governor ,we urgently appeal to security agencies to intervene and probe his activities which are clear threats to the peaceful conduct of the August election.
In addition, we appeal to the good people of Osun state not to succumb to intimidation by the failed government of APC. Our people should remain resolute in their determination to vote out the incompetent team that has inflicted so much pain on our people. We remain committed to peaceful conduct of the poll and we challenge all political parties to toe the path of peace before and after the August 9 election”.