Osun Election: PDP planning “massive rigging” in 10 LGAs – APC

APC condemns PDP’s win at all cost attitude to the August 9 election.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of planning to massively rig the August 9 governorship election in 10 local governments in Osun State, in addition to seeking a pliable person as a returning officer.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly told the security agencies that he wanted victory for his party at all costs, an admonition that would definitely shape the agencies’ perception of the election as a do-or-die affair.

“Nigerians from all walks of life, desirous of a free and fair election on Saturday, are reaching out to us with useful information on the plan by the desperate PDP to rig the forthcoming election, and we are taking the information very seriously,” the party said.

“For example, we learnt that the PDP has identified Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Olurunda, Iwo, Ifelodun, Osogbo, Odo Otin and Aiyedade as places where they plan to perpetrate massive rigging. Two different results have allegedly been written ahead of the elections while three Vice Chancellors, one from the North Central and two from the South West, have been pencilled down to serve as a returning officer. The incentive for the returning officer who can announce the doctored results is N1 billion,” it said.

The party said when these plans are put together with the massive deployment of security agencies to Osun to harass and intimidate the opposition, the huge amounts of cash being moved into the state via armoured personnel carriers, and the electoral malfeasance specialist-ministers who have landed in Osun, it was clear that the PDP was working hard to ensure that the forthcoming election was anything but free, fair and credible.

It therefore called on INEC not to allow any unscrupulous person to serve as a returning officer for the election, and to pay a special attention to voting in the identified local governments, where the PDP planned to influence the outcome of the election.

”No one will accept the result of an election in which the returning officer is compromised with filthy lucre. This is why were are calling on INEC to ensure that only a person of integrity can serve in that important post,” APC said, warning that its agents would not sign any false results from the August 9 election.

The party also called on the international community to pay attention to the issues that could affect the outcome of the election, instead of waiting until the deed had been done.

“The biggest danger to Saturday’s election in Osun is the unbridled desperation of the PDP to win at all costs. This explains why the party’s candidate, Mr. Iyiola Omisore, has lied so shamelessly about a purported USAID survey that puts him ahead of Gov. Aregbesola. But for USAID which quickly put a lie to the peddled story, Mr. Omisore would have continued to use it as a campaign tool,” it said.


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  • tolu

    But why would omisore fake an opinion poll? Now the USAID has confirm their sinister motive to rig ,,,I would advice APC to closely monitor ife central , ife east and ife south votes by the observers

    • TrueNja

      USAID is an acronym . There are thousands of “USAID” acronyms in USA – examples are: USAID electrical, USAID plumbing, etc… The one that conducted Omisore’s polls is USAID Pollster. Therefore Omisore is not faking it.


    The biggest issue for me is that Omisore faked a poll and tried to name USAID as the source. Now that USAID has refuted it, he has not recanted and apologized. Is there no honour even among thieves?

    Osun voters should punish Omisore for this bare-faced lie!

  • TrueNja

    If 73% conducted opinion poll result is favorable to APC candidate over PDP candidate, while accusing PDP?

    • ismail umar

      The APC are a crying baby, always accusing the PDP of the same crimes they commit. They are not morally conscious , they also rig elections and employ the same dubious means that they accuse the PDP of. And only slandering of the PDP is in their manifesto.

  • TrueNja

    USAID Pollster is not the same as USAID. Therefore, Omisore is not lying.



  • Segun Surulere

    So its only PDP that rigs abii ? APC rigs as well. That is a well established fact. The only difference here is who is able to outsmart the other better and more effectively. Our politics is still very primitive and both parties use thugs , intimidation , bribery , vote buying equally. APC has no moral leg to stand on . Both are equally guilty of rigging …. So please , no yeye finger pointing. May the best rigger win !!!! Shiooorrr

  • ismail umar

    The APC made all this accusations before the Ekiti polls but still end up losing, they should quit using slander as a tool.

  • Somi

    APC is at it again, paving ground for further allegations to dwell on when they get defeated. Is rigging synonymous to PDP? He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones… that’s a word of advice to APC.

  • Sunday

    As far as I am concerned, APC is only crying foul where there is none. They are only trying to let the public into their very plans which probably have been discovered by the security agents. Tell me how APC expects to win Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Olurunda, Iwo, Ifelodun, Osogbo, Odo Otin and Aiyedade perceived to be the strong holds of Ooni Okunade Sijuwade whom Bola Tinumbu, the useless leader of APC has been embarassing for no just cause and whom he has no respect for no matter how little. They know what they have done. They are been hunted by their actions. Ride on PDP and deliver our Obas in Yoruba land from these useless and senseless politicians who are only after using the poor masses to get what they wanted.

  • King Carlos

    sha watch your back. because has Obasanjo warned about Jonathan’s 1000 snipers.