There is intense anxiety in Osun State, Western Nigeria, as the state braces to elect their next governor this Saturday. This is coming as there are allegations of harassment, intimidation and vote buying.
The major contenders are Fatai Akinbade of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Moshood Adeoti of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC), Iyiola Omisore of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Ademola Adeleke of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akingbade was a former chairman of the state PDP before he dumped the party for the Obasanjo backed ADC while Adeoti of the ADP was the former Secretary to the State Government who left the party after the unfavorable primaries, which paved way for the emergence of Oyetola, the former Chief of Staff to the state Governor.
Omisore, a former deputy governor, seems to know more about the political clout in the state, even though the SDP had actually produced two parallel governorship flag bearers, but he has the firm backing of the Afenifere Group.
Even with the financial status and clout the PDP aspirant and Senator, Ademola Adeleke has, he really does not stand much chance in the elections, the barrage of allegations of certificate forgery and falsification facing the ‘Dancing Senator’ might have also downplayed him the more.
Few hours before the people of the state go to polls to elect a replacement for the outgoing Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is expected to vacate the Government House on November 27, 2018, some residents and election observers have started raising alarm over ploy to perpetuate vote buying.
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Still in the mod of the Osun 2018 governorship elections, a 41 seconds video surfaced online depicting an American man, presumably in his 50s campaigning for the Governorship aspirant under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore Osun state elections.
Support for the Gubernatorial bid of SENATOR IYIOLA OMISORE from the United States of America… Osun State election is red hot… pic.twitter.com/4bd483Fkaw
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) September 20, 2018
However, Tolu Ogunlesi, the Overseer of Digital Communications for President Muhammadu Buhari claims the video is just a $30 professional spokesperson video allegedly manipulated through the use of a video maker.
Haters have done their worst.
They are saying the ‘American’ endorsement video for Osun State SDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore, has a $30 k-leg.
Haters gon continue to hate. pic.twitter.com/qvWCuhsmHw
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) September 20, 2018