[Osun]–People’s Democratic Party, Osun State chapter alleged Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola for planning to manipulate voter’s registration processes against 2018 state governorship election.
Chairman of the PDP, Osun State Hon. Soji Adagunodo stated this in a press statement issued today in Osogbo claimed that sources in the Aregbesola’s administration divulged the information on the alleged plot to the party.
He said “Aregbesola wants to manipulate the continuous registration program of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by using pictures and biometric of secondary school students and some non residents of the state to create phoney voting units”
Adagunodo while stating the information the party got from a government officials source said that the governor has perfected the plans to compromise some INEC officials in the state to carry out the secret registration of hundreds of thousands of non eligible voters in order to implement its rigging plans in favour of the All Progressive Congress in the next year governorship elections.
Part of the plans is to allocate fewer and or non functional registration machines to some local governments in order to disenfranchise voters while using more machines for the secret registration exercise in the Government House and other non approved centres.” He added. ”
The PDP chairman alleged that APC used similar methods with the aid of the former INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Rufus Akeju in the build up to the 2014 governorship elections.
Adagunodo said the PDP would resist all rigging plans with every energy at its disposal and would combat the perpetrators of electoral fraud with lawful force.
He charged the leadership of INEC at the national level to beam its searchlight on Osun state ahead of the voters’ registration exercise and other preparatory steps ahead of the 2018 governorship election in order to avoid unnecessary tension in the state.
The PDP chairman called on Aregbesola and other principal actors in the alleged plan of manipulating the voters register to shelve such plans in the interest of peace and sustenance of democratic harmony in the state.
Adagunodo also urged the Police, State Security Service (SSS) and other security agencies to be more proactive and impartial in preventing the manipulation allegation, saying that such move could truncate a peaceful transition of power in the state if not prevented.
“The PDP urges all INEC and ad hoc staff to adhere to their oath of duties and resist any plans by the APC to use them for the planned manipulation of the voters registration exercise in any part of the state”, Adagunodo submitted.
However the Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Senior Special Assistant to Aregbesola on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa dismissed the allegation, describing it as frivolous and ‘fallacious statement of a lazy opposition’.
Baderinwa in a telephone interview with THE PAGE correspondent said “INEC is in charge of the registration process which no one knows when it will start, and the distribution of the materials for the exercise would be announced and supervised by all the political parties and security agencies in the state”
Baderinwa condemning the allegations said the PDP was only reminding members of the public on how its government at the federal and state leveled used power with impunity to deny Nigerians their right to vote by either sending thugs to disrupt registration process or sponsoring ineligible voters to register.
He said “Osun PDP is a good example of lazy opposition and they should come out with credible plans and strategies to first of all settle its internal crisis and rebrand the party for the people to have better taste of opposition.”Please Follow Us @ThePageNg