All is set for today’s gubernatorial election in Osun State to determine the successor of outgoing Rauf Aregbesola.
There are a total of 48 candidates accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to contest the polls, but five of those are largely seen as the major contenders for the State House in Osogbo.
The five top contenders as at yesterday were the immediate past Chief of Staff to the outgoing governor of the state, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC; former Secretary to the State Government, Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress, ADC; Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party, SDP; immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti of the Action Democratic Party, ADP and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Just as it was in Ekiti State two months ago, the police assured that heavy deployment had been made to ensure minimal infraction of election laws and conduct.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said yesterday that 18,426 policemen had been deployed to the state, which will see at least four policemen attached to each of the 3010 polling units in the state.
Also, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje also reassured the electorate of the readiness of the electoral umpire for the poll, despite claims by the PDP of an alleged collaboration between INEC and the APC to create an illegal electoral ward in Ila Local Government Area with 4,000 votes to boot.
Also, the Southwest Zonal Publicity Secretary of the party, Ayo Fadaka also yesterday alleged that Osun State had been invaded by nine APC governors who he claimed were in the state to facilitate the alleged rigging plot of the ruling party, Vanguard writes.
“These Governors are led by Alhaji Ganduje and Mallam El’Rufai of Kaduna and there are nine of them presently on the ground.
“We, however, wish to state that their presence is causing a disquiet in Osun State and this development is capable of leading to unforeseen developments, It is sad that the APC continues to pride itself in this malfeasance of wholesale bribery in spite of its so-called battle against corruption.”
Amid the claims and counterclaims by the gladiators, the stage is set to determine who runs the state for the next four years, after the swearing-in on November 27, 2018.