Ahead of the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has alleged that students of Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Ejigbo campus, were selling their voter cards to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents for N10,000 each.
The ruling party in the state described the development “as a shame and tragedy if it actually happened,” adding that “it speaks volumes on the quality of mind of those involved.”
In a press statement signed by the party’s director of publicity, research and strategy in Osun State, Kunle Oyatomi, the APC implored “other students in that campus, or any other campus of the university, not to sell their birthright to criminals who did next to nothing to help them pay their education bills but actually increased school fees when they were in government.”
“Osun State University students should be grateful to God in the first place that he brought Mr Rauf Aregbesola not only to reduce their school fees from an average of N200,000 to N75,000 but also to increase their bursary from N3,000 to N10,000 for others, and from N10,000 to N100,000 for law and medical students.”
In his reaction, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who spoke through his director of media and strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said “APC as a party is just accusing the PDP of the exact plot or plan they are intending or already carrying out.”
“If they have such information, they should report quickly to the police or the authorities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for necessary action,” he remarked, adding that the allegation was unfounded and laughable.
However, the APC informed the students that “anybody who sells his voter card commits a crime against himself because the PDP has vowed to reverse everything Aregbesola has done in the state which means the university fees will revert to N200,000 if not more, that is totally beyond the capacity of parents in Osun to pay, while bursary will come down to N3,000 again.”
It further called the authorities of UNIOSUN to intervene and make the students understand that by selling their voter cards, they were committing “academic suicide.”
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