By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that would serve as ad-hoc staff for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the August 9 governorship election in Osun state have been warned against involving in any act capable of constituting electoral offence during the exercise.
The Osun State Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Affairs, Mr. Bashiru Ajibola on Thursday, 24th July, 2014, gave the warning while featuring on a programme tagged “Newspoint”, organised by the state Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Osogbo.
According to Ajibola, NYSC members as fresh graduates should uphold the sanctity of the constitution of the country and work towards the peaceful conduct of the election by shunning any act that would mar the election.
The commissioner then appealed to the corps members that would work with the electoral body in the state to be fair and transparent throughout the voting exercise saying they can not afford to fail the state and the country at large.
“I appeal to the conscience of the NYSC members that would serve as ad-hoc staff for INEC in the conduct of the Osun state governorship election come August 9 to be fair, transparent and go about the exercise without favour,” the commissioner said.
While describing the governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming election, Senator Iyiola Omisore as a failed politician, Ajibola contended that it was a big mistake for the PDP to pick him (Omisore) as the party’s candidate.
Ajibola said the military need not to be deployed to the state before, during or after the election if the federal government would follow the dictates of the Nigerian constitution.
Alleging that the federal government has concluded plans to intimidate and arrest prominent members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state as the election draws nearer, the Commissioner condemned this alleged plan saying the federal government is drawing Nigeria to fascist state.
On the Regional Integration agenda being championed by the APC led governments in the southwest, Ajibola stated that the party would approach the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose after he is sworn-in to cue into the regional integration style of governance.
He said the regional integration movement is not partisan saying it is left for Fayose to decide on wether to embrace it or not.
He then urged INEC to conduct a peaceful, credible, free and fair election adding that the security operatives should not intimidate electorate as they have the right to exercise their franchise without fear or harrassment.