By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ahead of this year’s governorship election in Osun state slated for 9th August, 2014, the Director General of Rauf Aregbesola Campaign Committee and a lawmaker in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Prof. Sola Adeyeye, has expressed confidence in the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega in the conduct of the poll saying, Jega, as a man with moral will not compromise.
Speaking to journalists in Osogbo, capital of Osun state, southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014, Prof. Adeyeye said the electoral umpire has been improving with elections conducted in the country so far but argued that, in some states, ‘bad eggs’ in the commission had compromised.
Adeyeye maintained that since Jega could not be everywhere at the same time, a mechanism should be put in place to tame the corrupt and electoral manipulators in the commission.
Reacting to the transfer of the Osun Residential Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju to another state ahead of the poll, Prof. Adeyeye said that APC entertains no fear, stressing that the party will win the coming election without any stress.
He said the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was jiltery having had the premonition of the defeat it will suffer in the election.
His words: “PDP has not documented what Akeju did wrong, rather than alledging that he is card carrying member of APC, but since he has been transfered to another state, it will not change APC resolve to win the August 9 election in Osun State”.
According to the lawmaker, the party is still studying the outcome of Ekiti State election, saying that at the appropriate time the truth shall come out.
Adeyeye said many things have been said about the election saying, ”if it is the will of Ekiti people, so be it, but if there is high tech manipulation as we are hearing, then the truth sooner than later shall prevail”.
Adeyeye, speaking on APC leaders’ visit to the former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in his country home, Okuku, said it was personal, stressing that Oyinlola as a leader in the state could be visited anytime.
His words: ”We in APC believe that in politics there is no permanent enemies, we can fraternise with anybody. If Oyinlola decides to join APC today, so be it. Even, if party leaders decide to give Oyinlola my ticket to the Senate, so far it is the party’s decision, I will relinquish it to him”.
Also speaking on the present democracy as practised in Nigeria, Adeyeye said that it was expensive and should give way to paliamentary system of government in Nigeria.
He said the present democracy has given birth to veritable corrupt people who have no business in governance, stressing that it is capital intensive and has eaten deep into the treasury of the nation.
He therefore suggested that the National Assembly job should be part time and not permanent as presently being practise in Nigeria.