By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the Governor of Osun State and candidate of the party in the Saturday’s governorship election, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola will defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore with unimaginable margin.
Speaking at the mega rally of the APC at the City Stadium in Osogbo on Tuesday, 5th August, 2014, Oyegun expressed surprise at the mammoth crowd that defied the rain at the rally to support Aregbesola saying “it was the greatest campaign I have ever seen in my political career.”
Chief Oyegun warned the PDP against rigging the 2015 general election saying APC will set up a people’s government should the poll be rigged.
According to him, “APC will no longer recognise or accept any government with stolen mandate in the country” warning the PDP not to tamper with any vote in Osun.
His words: “I have seen the greatest campaign in my political party. I welcome you to Osun. I have seen the people of Osun and I hereby pronounce Aregbesola winner of the election. I have seen love for Aregbesola, I have seen passion for Aregbesola, I have seen what it means for a governor to be popular.
“For those who have ears to hear, don’t tamper with a single vote in Osun. Let me warn further that from now on, the APC will no longer recognise or accept any government with stolen mandate.
“For those who have ears, let them hear particularly as we approach February 20 general election, the APC is prepared for free and fair election. Should anybody dare to steal the 2015 election we will proceed to set up a people’s government.
“If they don’t have ears to hear, then it will have consequences and they will pay for it. I want to pay tribute to the late Bola Ige and for those responsible for his murder, justice awaits them”.
Speaking on the security operatives that have taken over the state ahead of the poll, the APC National Chairman said they will not succeed in intimidating electorate saying Aregbesola will win the poll “to continue the foundation that he has laid.”
Chief Oyegun who welcomed the former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola during his official defection from the PDP to the party handed over APC’s flag to him.
Also speaking, the former Governor of Lagos state and leader of APC, Bola Tinubu tongue-lashed President Goodluck Jonathan saying the latter lacks political will to rule the country.
According to him, “Jonathan is confused because he doesn’t understands politics and governance.
Responding to the remarks made by President Jonathan during the mega rally for Senator Omisore on Saturday, 2nd August that ten corps members were killed in the post 2011 general election that erupted in the country, Tinubu berated Jonathan saying APC was not responsible for the gruesome murder of the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He said: “we don’t kill youth corps members. PDP should stop giving corps members uniform to thugs during election and later be calling the thugs corps members”.
Tinubu then urged electorate to cast their vote for Aregbesola saying they should arm themselves with food items that would sustain them during the voting exercise.
Also, Aregbesola maintained that Ekiti governorship election was rigged disclosing that “the mystery behind the electoral fraud has been discovered.”
He therefore educated electorate on how to vote saying they should snap their ballot papers after casting their votes.
Other prominent leaders of APC who spoke at the rally were the former interim National Chairman of APC and former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande; the chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha; former Governor of the state, Prince Oyinlola; Governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomole; the first civilian Governor of the state, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke.
Other chieftains of the party who attended the rally are: Kwara, Ogun, Ekiti and Oyo state governors: Abdul Fattah Ahmed, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Senator Abiola Ajimobi respectively; the Deputy National chairman, South of the APC and former Governor of Ekiti State, Engineer Segun Oni; and former Governor of Kwara state, Senator Bukola Saraki among others.
Governor Aregbesola and other leaders of the party had earlier visited the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun at his palace for royal blessings.