Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Osun State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, has denied any rift between him and Governor Rauf Aregbesola over last Saturday’s governorship election.
Oyetola described insinuations in some quarters to that effect as “irrational and present only in the imagination of detractors out to create disaffection within the APC camp ahead of Thursday’s governorship election rerun”.
APC’s Director of Campaign Organisation in Osun East, Ajibola Famurewa, on Tuesday, in Osogbo, the state capital, said that Aregbesola was a model of the governorship project and a dogged driver of good governance continuity, enthusing that he has at all times provided responsible leadership.
Oyetola urged the people to ignore the rumuor, describing it as ‘satanic’.
Oyetola said he would have ignored the rumor but for the sensitivity of the Thursday election, it is important to trash the mischief.
He commended the people of the state for turning out well and for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner during the election.
He urged them to resist every provocation from the opposition who are desperate to win the election.
” The people should not give them any room to truncate the relative peace the state is experiencing,” he said.
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Famurewa said that the people of the state had demonstrated a high level of democratic culture in the most keenly-contested election in Nigeria.
According to him: “The Oyetola Campaign Organisation commends the steadfastness of the people despite the commoditization of votes by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). We are aware of the votes buying and selling strategy of the PDP. We are proud that the people are resisting the provocation and temptation to sell their conscience.
“We appeal to the people to be vigilant and ready to jealously guard their votes on Thursday as the PDP have commenced massive commoditisation of peoples mandate through massive purchase of voter cards,” Famurewa said.