28th February, 2019
By Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan
The Oyo Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, on Thursday said it has uncovered plan by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state to further perform massive rigging and vote-buying in the March 9 Gubernatorial and House of Assembly election in the state.
The party said it would ensure strict resistance to the PDP and its candidate, Mr. Seyi Makinde to steal away people’s mandate, saying that the party would not tolerate a repeat of the Saturday election robbing in some local governments.
APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde noted that winning election should not be seen as do-or-die affair but that the situation was different in Makinde’s case as his only investment in Oyo State was directed solely to the prime seat of the Governor’s Office.
Olatunde alleged that Makinde had been engaged in voters’ inducement with his call centre and vote-buying during the election, noting that investigation by the party revealed that the PDP allocated hundreds of thousands of naira to each polling unit to buy votes during the February 23 election.
He said that APC had forwarded its petition to the appropriate quarters to challenge the results of last Saturday’s election in the state, warning that it would not fold its hands to allow for a repeat of such in the gubernatorial election.
The Publicity Secretary stressed that Oyo State governor’s seat was not for sale and not for the highest bidder but for an individual who had a huge stake in the state and visible industry expertise, adding, “APC candidate, Oloye Bayo Adelabu stands out among all the candidates. He is the only one who dared to keep his money where his mouth is by investing massively in the state.”