By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In order to ensure that the forthcoming general elections in the country are peaceful and devoid of malpractice, the Osun State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 declared three days fasting and prayers.
This appeal, according to a statement issued and signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi was for God to grant the burning desire for change in the country.
The party implored all citizens of the state and Nigeria in general to commence the fasting and prayer on Wednesday so that God will grant the burning desire for change in the country.
According to the statement, “an appeal has been made to all citizens of the State of Osun to use the last three days before Saturday’s presidential elections, (Wed, Thur and Friday) to fast and pray so that God will grant the burning desire for change in Nigeria from misery, poverty, corruption, unemployment and insecurity, which the PDP has escalated beyond all bench marks for a failed state.
“The people should prepare themselves to vote for progress and significant development that the APC offered, if elected to office, in the coming elections.
“It is important to fast and pray, so that the evil machinations of PDP will stop as soon as the people of Nigeria decide with the power of their votes that we have had enough of the PDP in office.
“Also, the people should pray for strength to withstand the dirty tricks of the PDP in trying to disrupt the election.
“Everybody should stand firm on election day and vote massively for their choice. They should then peacefully stay around to protect their votes and hear the results at their polling units”.
The party admonished the people not to be frightened by the presence of security people (the police especially), saying they are law enforcement officers, “not terrorists like those who terrorise Osun during last year’s election”.
The statement also added that Nigerians should be prepared spiritually and physically to exercise their voting right freely, and also defend their votes from political thieves and vagabonds.