By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ahead of the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a seven-man committee to campaign for the party’s candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
In a statement issued by the chairman of the major opposition party in the state, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, Akogun Lere Oyewunmi is the Director General of the campaign organisation while Engr. Aderoju Ibitoye was made the Deputy Director General for the team.
The secretary of the committee is Alhaji Jimoh Bello while Alhaji Yekini Omisore is the treasurer.
Other members according to the statement are Hon. Funmilayo Olasehinde, Director Organisation, Olukunle Paul, Deputy Director Organisation while Prince Diran Odeyemi will be in charge of Publicity.
Meanwhile, the party has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) of colluding with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), to recruit members of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, (OYES), as ad-hoc staff that will work during August 9 governorship poll.
The PDP also alleged that apart from the recruitment of OYES cadets, who are on the payroll of the state government as ad-hoc staff , the electoral body was also alleged to have been helping members of APC from Lagos to transfer their voters’ cards to Osun state.
In a release issued on Wednesday, 11th June, 2014 by the Director of Media and Strategy of PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, the party said while it recognises the provision under electoral law that allows voters to transfer their voters’ cards from one place to another, PDP insisted that the way the ruling party is handling it,
suggested that the move meant to perpetrate electoral fraud.
According to him, apart from the open order given by Aregbesola during the governorship rallies of APC in Ikire and Ila to members of the party to go to polling boots armed with charms, Odeyemi said PDP have been reliably informed that the governor has been encouraging members of APC to go to polling boots on the day of the election with arms and amunition and cause crisis whenever APC appears to be losing in any polling centre.
The statement reads: ” We have no cause to doubt this because if a governor, who is supposed to be chief security officer of this state could be saying in front of cameras that members of his party should go to polling boot with charms, as reported to us, he must have been given them order to take up arms and cause chaos on the election day also.
“We are aware that INEC under electoral law can transfer voters’ cards from one location to another, but the way INEC in Osun and the APC are handling the matter left much to be desired.
“Why is it that all those voters that want to change their location are from Lagos? We are concerned because of the antecedents of APC, who have distinguished themselves as professional riggers, but are now fraudulently parading themselves as democrats.
“We urge security agents to properly investigate all our claims in the interest of justice and to prevent manipulators from subverting the wishes of our people, who have stated their readiness to regain previledges lost through court in 2010”, he concluded.