Insinuations that the choice of Senator Babajide Omoworare of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun-East Senatorial District was forced on the people by Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has been described as fallacious and a desperate attempt to mislead people and impugn on the character of the Governor.
An aide to the Governor and Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, while reacting to allegations credited to a senatorial aspirant from the district in media reports, Mr. Sola Lawal, said available facts indicated that Lawal’s allegations have no substance and a calculated attempt at discrediting the processes that led to the emergence of APC candidates in Osun.
He said Aregbesola stands tall as an advocate of democratic ethos, noting that Lawal’s accusation amounts to failed attempt at rubbishing the democratic credentials of the Governor.
Okanlawon said since Lawal commenced what he called a media ‘war’ accusing Governor Aregbesola of “upturning his victory” and exhibiting bias for Senator Omoworare, he had watched patiently hoping the shenanigan would stop.
He added that unsuspecting members of the public might be misled should he be left unchecked.
He stressed that contrary to Lawal’s claim that he polled 17 votes to defeat Omoworare who, according to him, scored just three votes, he demanded how could a primary consisting of the whole of the Ife and Ijesa axis be decided by just 20 people?
Okanlawon, according to the statement said, “Some leaders in the senatorial district were saddled with the responsibility of screening aspirants for the senatorial seat. How then can a screening exercise become a party primary? How can 20 people dictate who will represent the people?
“How can there be a primary to choose a senator from a district where the Governor hails from and the Governor was unaware of such a primary election? How did about 20 people arrive at any decision without any of the 11 APC local government party chairmen, 11 local government Executive Secretaries, all members of the executive council from the Ife/Ijesa zone and all other stakeholders across the senatorial district?
Speaking on how other senatorial candidates emerged, Okanlawon explained that screenings were done for aspirants by leaders drawn from each of the senatorial districts before primaries were conducted.
He noted that the former governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke of Osun-West and the incumbent, Senator Sola Adeyeye of Osun-Central, emerged from primaries that were conducted by party leaders, APC party chairmen, executive secretaries, former cabinet members and other stakeholders across the senatorial districts.
He said, “How can that of Osun East be different from others? What was done simply was to ensure that, people who are to decide for the generality of the people of the zone were not left out.
“It is totally wrong, immoral and unfair for anybody to say that Governor Aregbesola accepted the victories of Adeleke and Adeyeye; rejected that of Lawal, and preferred to have the incumbent serve a second term.
“The party has ensured that the due process was followed before all of our candidates emerged. For Lawal to go to town claiming victory is an indication of a carefully hatched plot to ambush the stakeholders and use the media to promote false claims about the processes in Osun”.