By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ahead of the Osun State governorship election slated for August 9th, 2014, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state of hoarding Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) in Ilesha, the country home of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in order to prevent the APC from governing the state beyond this year.
The Director General Of Aregbesola Re-election Campaign Organisation, Professor Sola Adeyeye, who made the accusation in a press conference with journalists on Saturday, 26th July, 2014 in Osogbo, southwest Nigeria, argued that shortage of permanent voter’s cards was intentionally brought to the state by the commission to make Aregbesola lose his ward and local government in the coming election.
He, however said that his members would resist INEC’s attempt to conspire with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to perpetrate fraud in the forthcoming election in the state.
The Director General who then suggested that if INEC does not have enough materials to conduct the election at the stipulated time, it should extend it to the time it would have prepared fully for it, said there is no crime in doing that to be able to conduct a free, fair and credible election at the end of the day.
He said: “Let them postpone the election if they are not ready for it because all the electoral materials that could lead to the conduct of credible election in the state should be adequately provided”.
On the issue of APC demanding postponement of Osun election, Adeyeye said If INEC does not have all materials that are needed to conduct a free, fair and credible election; the electoral body should postpone the election.
According to him, “Let them postpone the election. Some of you would remember that in 2011, the election had gone for few hours and then there was announcement that the election has been postponed. What you may not know is that, it was we in Osun that fought for it. It was because we realised that many people would be disenfranchised because the process was not fair and credible. And we thank God at that time that the INEC Chairman, Professor Atahiru Jega listened to the voice of reason.
“It is the same thing that we are saying now. If INEC brings all the materials needed for the election, APC is ready for the election any day. But if the materials are not in place, the election cannot be said to be a reflection of the sovereignty of the people to choose who will rule over them. Therefore, we say it is better to postpone than to hold an election that is not credible,” Professor Adeyeye said.