By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Labour Party (LP) candidate in the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, Alhaji Fatai Akinde Akinbade, has debunked rumours milling round some areas in the state that he has withdrawn from the race for incumbent Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola boasting that he would win the poll.
Addressing a press chat with journalists in Osogbo, Akinbade said, “it is not true that I have dropped my ambition and withdrawn from the race as none of the two big parties candidates- Aregbesola and Omisore are older than me politically. If I can start a clean slate with my structures on an existing party and nurture it to be at par with the federally and state controlled parties within a short period of time, why must I drop my ambition?
He expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation made so far as disclosed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police at the stakeholders’ forum saying he would take the day.
He said, “I am fully satisfied as the police would protect those of us that have no thugs. Some people have been alleged to have been sowing police uniforms for thugs but the deployment of the military have thwarted their plans.”
On his observation about the campaigns, he stated that All Progressives Congress (APC) were getting so much crowds in their campaigns as a result of the power of incumbency as those that goes to their rally would get money to collect from the incumbent’s hangers-on. He added that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had come long in the state and people attended their rallies for what they stand to collect from them.
He averred that it is only in the Labour Party (LP) rally that you get genuine committed people in attendance saying “when we held rally in the Freedom Park in Osogbo, many people trooped out even in the rains umperturbed.”
Akinbade bemoaned distribution of foodstuffs to lure voters as he said the APC and PDP are guilty of this as they should have concerned themselves with good governance.
He berated the attack on TVC reporter, Ayodele Moradeyo by the PDP supporters saying, “it is one of the reasons I left PDP with my supporters. I don’t want to risk the lives of my followers. You can imagine what they did to former Governor Isiaka Adeleke.”
He said further that ”there must be peaceful election” pointing the attention of security to some flash points like Atakumosa East and West, Ife South and Ife North where the villages were usually used to rig elections. He therefore charged the security personnel to monitor these local governments.