Osun Election: Students defy army, police to hold rally for Aregbesola

Osun Mega Rally for Aregbesola's Re-election

Islamic group demands the release of politicians arrested by security personnel in Osun.
Students in their hundreds on Wednesday defied stern looking security agents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to hold a rally in support of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Mr. Aregbesola is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the August 9 election.

The security officials had laid siege to the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park , proposed venue of the rally where the students had planned to adopt the governor as their candidate in the election. Some mobile police officers and soldiers had on Wednesday morning turned back people who had gone to the Park.

The students under the aegis of Youth and Students Coalition for the re-election of Mr. Aregbesola took to the Olaiya Junction in the heart of the state capital and marched to Ogo-Oluwa axis of Osogbo before they converged on Fakunle area to address members.

The coalition comprised the National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Committee‎, National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS) and some other students associations on campuses.

The convener of the group, Abiola‎ Oludele, asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be fair enough to conduct credible election in Osun. He said youth in the state would not accept any excuse for failure to organise a free and fair election.

“We want to use this medium to charge INEC to conduct an election that will be seen by all as free and fair. Youth in Osun will take no excuse for their failure and any attempt to go against the popular wish of our people will be resisted,” Mr. Oludele said.

“Youth and students coalition wish to inform INEC and security agents deployed to the state that we bargain for nothing other than free and fair governorship election come August 9.

“People as the owners of votes, we do not need any clearance to monitor, safeguard and protect ‎our votes.

“We wish to state it clearly that we are fully aware that various security agents and others (are) deployed for our protection and as such should not be turned to instrument of oppression and harassment before election.

“It is important for INEC to note that the duties of its officers are not expected to be carried out by any of the security agents in any of the polling units across the state,” the group said.

The Bureau of Communications and Strategy in the Office of the Osun Governor, while commenting on the development, said it was unthinkable that the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government could turn people back from the Nelson Mandela Park at this stage of Nigeria’s democratic journey.

“One is miffed by the audacity of the security agents who dared to stop members of the workforce of Osun and students who wanted to adopt the Governor today and tell the whole world that they are behind Aregbesola,” Semiu Okanlawon, Director of the Bureau, said.

“But we are consoled by the fact that the people have shown them their power. People have demonstrated that even in the face of intimidation, they are peaceful but resolute on the decision to vote for Rauf Aregbesola.”

Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, said it was alarmed by reported arrest of a leader of the APC in Osun State, Yemi Oke, a few days to the election.

The group, in a statement by its Director, Ishaq Akintola, a professor, said the development would amount to political naivety to claim ignorance of the likely motive behind clampdown on the opposition a few days to an election.

“Whereas President Jonathan declared a few days ago that the days of election rigging are gone while the Minister of State for Defence claimed yesterday that the deployment of security operatives to Osun was “to prevent the breakdown of law and order”, the arrest of Hon. Yemi Oke indicates that the Federal Government is not ready to walk its talk.

“(The) arrest of leaders or members of the opposition is most likely to create tension, drive them underground and militarise them. This was the precursor of the famous ‘operation wet-e’ which turned the South West to the Wild, Wild West of the 60s.”

The group called tha attention of INEC, election observers and the international community to the alleged game-plan of the Federal Government, adding “Can anyone match FG’s declarations with its actions? When did election turn into war that soldiers in full battle gear must breathe down the necks of the electorate?”

The group demanded the immediate release of Mr. Oke and any other person who had been arrested in the past 48 hours.


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  • Ide4u

    This is how Osun people will defy Obanikoro,jelili and Anenih on election day. Omisore is a murderer waiting to go to hell

    • Wähala

      Good talk… kudos!

  • Mani_Kay

    Mere infantile propaganda !!!

    These are not really genuine students but Aregbesola’s fellow thugs and miscreants imported from Lagos and other States. …. someone should tell them not to test the resolve of Nigeria security agencies to ensure that nothing stands in the way of free and fair election in Osun State.

    True and genuine students would speak with their votes ….. and only with their votes ……… votes not violation of law enforcement instructions win election !!!

    • Naijagogoodagain

      Fuulish Mani_kay! Do you actually believe the diseased words that you typed? Of course genuine students could rise because they have seen the comical army perpetuated election that was conducted in Ekiti state by the worst thing
      that ever happened to Nigeria in the person of GEJ.
      Resolve of Nigeria Army! Are you kidding me? Why didn’t we see such resolve in the fight against Boko Haram?
      You evil ethnical bigots!

  • LAWRENCE BROWN

    If Federal Government like it or not, Ogbeni is our amiable Governor till 2018. There is no way for rigging this time, because we (the) students are wise than Mr. President and his agenda of rigging in State of Osun.

    PDP Agenda for the people of Ipinle Omoluabi are:

    Te so jue,
    Murderer,
    Free stealing,
    Free Assasination
    Free Robbery,
    Free Corruption or they want to legalize Corruption and stealing in their administration like there Father @ Federal Level.
    Student’s Life is in the hand of God and Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. He is our Patron, Father, Family.

    The Student of Osun State tertiary Institutions give all our Support to Ogbeni Abdulrauf Aregbesola till 2018.
    We don’t want the man dat kills our Attorney General of Federation………………… (Bola Ige)@ Abere ooooooooooooooooo

  • pastorakinleye

    The security agents are on the run from Boko Haram in Gwoza, but are on the ground harassing innocent people in trouble-free Osun. The DSS are showing off on Osogbo streets while Baba Alakyo of Ombatse cult who organized the murder of 100 policemen and SSS agents is untouchable in Nasarawa. Nigeria seriously needs real security outfit, not these jokers

  • TrueNja

    The MURIC leader, prof Ishaq Akintola is an Islamic jihadist, Al Queda and Taliban apologist is now campaigning for the release of APC jihadist and Ogbeni Aregbesola. Osun people pls vote wisely this Saturday. Don’t allow Ogbeni Aregbesola bring Boko Haram into South West.

  • TrueNja

    “Islamic group demands the release of politicians arrested by security personnel in Osun.” Osun people, pls vote wisely this Saturday. Ogbeni Aregbesola want to divide South West along religion.