The Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, State of Osun, on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014, blew the lid off another in the series of falsehood being spread by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Iyiola Omisore, that a survey conducted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put him ahead of the incumbent Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
A short message service (SMS) being circulated on telephones and the social media claimed that the USAID had conducted a pre-election survey which favours Omisore.
In a statement issued by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, he stated that the latest claim coming from the PDP represents another fraudulent claim aimed at gaining undeserved advantage.
The short message reads thus: USAID opinion poll conducted across the state between 12-21, July put your honour ahead PDP, 58/ APC 42. Such poll may have 2 or 3 error margin.”
Reacting to the dubious claim of a poll by the USAID, Okanlawon stated that the alleged poll result is the manifestation of the falsehood for which the PDP and its candidate are well noted.
“Credible information at our disposal shows that the PDP candidate in the August 9 governorship election in the state has been going about with false claim that an opinion poll conducted by USAID favours him leading the pack of candidates.
“We can say authoritatively that no poll of such was ever conducted by the USAID. The PDP and Omisore are hereby challenged to come forward and show the world evidence of the survey.
“The USAID is a United States agency that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and does not dabble into politics of its host country.
“We want to put it on record and make bold to say that Omisore cannot come second to Aregbesola in a fair and credible opinion poll in Osun.
“The aim of Omisore’s unscrupulous claim is calculated to prepare a soft landing for a planned rigging of the election.
“Neither the result of a free and fair election or survey will ever place Omisore as a runner up to Aregbesola, hence Omisore’s resort to fabrication of lies using local and international agencies to gain undeserved credibility,” Okanlawon said
Okanlawon reminded the people of Osun in particular and Nigerians in general that the whole structure of the Omisore campaigns is premised on fabrication of lies saying his claims that he wrote to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) over the Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) has not been proved.
He said, “Lying comes to Omisore so easily. Recently, he claimed to have written to the UNESCO and the British government over his own poor knowledge of Opon Imo. We have challenged Omisore to show the world copies of his letters. Mum has been the word from this habitual liar.
“We have said severally that when a candidate aspiring for a position of responsibilities such as that of governorship display this kind of huge integrity deficit, the society suffers serious setback should there be a error to allow them into power.
“For once, Omisore needs to spare the people of Osun the oddity of his fabrications and prepare for his impending humiliation at the poll come August 9, 2014.”