The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC has congratulated Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on his re-election as the state governor, describing the victory as “victory over federal might, tyranny and anti-democratic elements”.
A statement by the Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ikanya, stated that, “with the victory of Governor Aregbesola of the APC on Saturday, 9th August, 2014 Osun State gubernatorial election, and with the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its attempted coup against the popular Nasarawa Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, the days of PDP at the centre have become obviously numbered. Aregbesola won majority of the poll with 394,684 votes as against the 292,747 polled by his closest rival, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP.
In view of the failure of all the plots to rig the Osun election; intimidation and arrest of key APC chieftains by the PDP-induced security agents and with the failure of the attempt to corrupt the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, PDP should hide its ugly face in shame. We heartily congratulate Governor Aregbesola on this epochal victory”.
Dr Ikanya stated further that, “with all of PDP’s rigging strategies now exposed, President Goodluck Jonathan should do himself some good by resisting the temptation to lure him into the 2015 presidential election. This is necessary if he is to avoid open disgrace by becoming the first President in Nigeria to contest an election and lose such an election. Besides, Mr. President is fully aware that he is not qualified to contest the 2015 election after spending six years as President. Already, Nigerians have vowed to disgrace PDP for the hardship the party has brought upon them apart from not securing their lives.
We, therefore, advise President Jonathan, if he cares, to distance himself from the 2015 general election and use the few remaining months of his tenure to see how he can redeem his battered image and save our nation more heartache.
According to the Rivers APC Chairman, the election was a victory also for River State and the State APC Leader, Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), who directed that the mistake of Ekiti State should not be allowed to play out in Osun. Therefore, he (Ikanya) had to relocate his office to Osogbo for over a week to represent the Rivers State Government and be part of the team which countered the rigging plan of the PDP.
Dr. Ikanya further stated: “I have been exposed to the new tricks of PDP’s rigging machine. Probably, they will like to perfect them during the 2015 general election but with what we have seen happen in Osun, we will go home to strategise and ensure that PDP’s evil manipulation will never go unchecked again in Nigeria. In short, with what I have observed, PDP cannot win a single state in any part of Nigeria, including President Jonathan’s Bayelsa State, in a free and fair election. With the resolve of most key APC leaders, I am convinced that it is bye-bye to the PDP visionless government under the present leadership at the centre.”
Chief Asondu Wenah, APC chieftain and Rivers State Liaison Officer in Lagos captured the Osun election result in these philosophical words: “Today in Osun State, light has defeated darkness, truth has crushed lies, ideas have defeated mediocrity, political idiocy has given way to political maturity and today hard work has decimated foolishness and bravado.”
An excited Hon Dakuku Peterside, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Downstream Petroleum described the outcome of the election as exposure of the Osun people as very principled and patriotic Nigerians who cannot either be bought or intimidated by tyrants marauding as security personnel.