The Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation (AFCO) has described the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as “one of the dangers to democracy in Nigeria”, in reference to his recent utterances, specifically, his call on the All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters to attack security agents with charms and amulets during the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state.
The organisation described Aregbesola’s allegation that last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti, which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, won convincingly, was fraudulent, as “a function of fear of an impending defeat on August 9″.
The Director-General of the organisation, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said Nigerians should not be surprised that Governor Aregbesola could describe an election that was applauded by the whole world as the best in the history of electioneering in Nigeria as fraudulent, adding that the governor was only expressing his fear of losing the power that he got through judicial manipulation.
While urging Nigerians to ignore Aregbesola, Anisulowo said; “It is shameful that some people whose mouths should naturally be padlocked still speak on elections in Nigeria”.
He continued; “Isn’t it funny that Aregbesola, who has never won any election in Osun State, but was imposed through a court judgment that cancelled results in 10 out of 30 local councils in Osun State, is the only one talking about Ekiti election being fraudulent?”
Speaking further, Anisulowo said; “It is obvious that Aregbesola is afraid, having seen the failure of reliance on thugs to rig election during last Saturday’s election.
“We are aware of his thugs known as ‘State Boys’ that he brought to Ekiti, last week, but were rendered useless by the heavy presence of security agents.
“We have also heard the governor openly encouraging and inciting violence by openly saying that ‘any security officer who misbehaves will know that we are children of Oduduwa while asking members of his party to come to their polling units with charms and amulets”.
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