All Progressives Congress (APC) has thrown an open challenge to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun to hit the campaign trail and demonstrate its grassroots support for the public to see how credible its claims are to unseat Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the August 9 election.
The APC claimed it is curious that 45 days to the crucial election, the PDP and its governorship candidate are not visible on the campaign trail saying the party and its candidate are only loud with the lies they propagate in the media, and the false claims of support that is non-existent in cities and towns of Osun.
According to the APC in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, “in contrast to this disappearance of the PDP from the campaign trail, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is roaring with unprecedented crowds that demonstrate massive grassroots support which is only reminiscent of Obafemi Awolowo’s political campaigns of the 70’s and 80’s.
“Ogbeni’s campaigns have been swelling in crowd participation right from Ile-Ife to Ikire, to Iwo and Ikirun with such enthusiastic multitude of supporters that even the media is taking particular notice. Yet the PDP is visibly absent.
“We challenge them to come out of their coven of fraud, lies and false claims. Even with the encouragement they have from APC’s loss of Ekiti, the PDP still cannot summon the courage to hit the campaign trail running and smoking
“That is because they know they lack the support to mount a challenge against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola”.
APC said the PDP should recognize that Osun is a different ball game completely. “That it happened somewhere else in the southwest doesn’t mean it can happen in Osun. At least we demonstrated that in 2011 when the rest of the southwest voted for Jonathan but Osun voted for Ribadu.
“Ekiti may have fallen but Osun stands firm; and we are demonstrating it already in the campaign trail.
“What the PDP made possible in Ekiti will be impossible in Osun, because the circumstances are different in every material particular” the APC said challenging the PDP “to abandon its back-door and sinister campaigns which rely more on a rigging plan than an open contest.
“If the election was not rigged in Ekiti, it cannot be rigged in Osun,” the APC declared.