From Wednesday, 30th July, 2014, immediately after the Ramadan fast, Osun State woke up to sporadic gun shots fired by a force of security men practically announcing their presence that had been anticipated from wide-spread reports in the media, which indicated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intended to scare the citizens with fierce-looking armed and uniformed men in order to rig the August 9 governorship election in the state.
However, citizens in Osogbo and elsewhere were unimpressed by the show of force by the armed gunmen who had earlier been sighted amassing at the DSS office along Gbongan-Ibadan road.
On Thursday, 31st July, 2014, however, the DSS security operatives got a shocker around 5pm in the evening along Okefia when in company of some masked men, the security operatives rent the air with a burst of sporadic gunfire to simply intimidate people.
Rather than scatter in fright, the people, with brooms in their hands, flooded into the street in utter defiance singing songs of praise of Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC), telling the security operatives who wanted to frighten them that no amount of threats and violence will change them from supporting the governor. The security people least expected what they saw.
Actually, the defiance had started the day before when sporadic bursts of gunfire rented the air along Gbongan-Ibadan road. People practically ignored the act, and many, as they moved about in their normal business virtually looked at the security operatives with a palpable degree of scorn.
Maybe the operatives misunderstood the people’s mood or chose Okefia the next day to re-enact their terrorist burst of sporadic firing into the air deliberately to test crowd reaction when the governor was on stage addressing transporters and Okada riders. But their shock was apparent when they saw the crowd poured into the street singing solidarity songs of Aregbesola and acting joyfully in scorn and defiance of government terror on its own people when the security operatives were most needed at Boko Haram war front in the north.
The stage is being set for a show-down in the heart of Yorubaland and what is at stake here is whether or not democracy will stand a chance to survive 2015 in Nigeria. That decision, like the internationally respected cleric, Pastor E.A.Adeboye had earlier said, will be taken in 2014, and Osun appeared to be the place where that decision would crystallize on August 9.