Osun: SDP, ADC, ADP partner to stop ‘APC rigging’

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The Social Democratic Party, Action Democratic Party, and African Democratic Congress said yesterday held talks to consolidate efforts at forestalling what they described as “the rigging antics of the ruling All Progressives Congress.” Speaking on behalf of the other parties at a press conference in Osogbo, the candidate of the SDP, Iyiola Omisore said the three parties had decided to unite against APC’s plans to compromise the election.
“This is not a press conference of stories or long press release.
Three of the major five political parties in Osun state met in the early hours of this morning after reviewing all the antics, pranks and rigging tendencies and boastings by the APC government of Osun state,” Omisore said.
“We have heard innuendoes, we have heard permutations, harassment and direct claims that they were going to rig the election, arrest political leaders, stuff ballot boxes, use thugs from Lagos state.
“They also said at their rally that they are going to use federal power to force the Osun state people.
One of this is when the Vice President came to Iwo and was giving out N5, 000 and N10,000 each to people at this time of election and with oath taking.
“We are here to tell the Osun people that they should be ready to defend their votes.
Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, Alhaji Akinbade and I met and decided that the parties will run their separate elections and with their agents, and we are going to ensure that we have free and credible election in this state.
“We want to assure the citizens that they should not be tormented, harassed or victimised and frightened to run away from the polling units on Saturday.
We mean business in Osun State, we are ready for the election and the three parties have signed to a protocol of diligent, credible and fair election.
“So, the peaceful conduct of this election rests on the INEC and security agencies for them to play the game according to the rules.
The people will not allow them to be rigged out.
We are fed up with the government of the day and everybody knows that this government is the most corrupt in Nigeria, the most financially reckless and it lacks fiscal discipline,” Omisore said.
Omisore clarified that the parties would not be forging into a single force for Saturday’s election because of their different goals for the people.

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