The Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, on Tuesday, raised another alarm over plans by Kaduna State Governor , Mallam Nasir El-Rufai , the Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun and other top officials in the Presidency to subvert the popular wish of the people by rigging Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State with plans to compromise officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
Making this disclosure in Akure, the Chairman, Media and Publicity of the Organisation, Mr Kolawole Olabisi, disclosed that another in the desperate act of the these powerful Nigerians in their bid to win the election for the candidate of the All Peoples Congress (APC) at all cost was again perfected at a meeting in Abuja on Monday with el-Rufai presiding.
According to Olabisi, the meeting was held with a very high ranking INEC official (name withheld) who was mandated to ensure that the election must be skewed in favour of the APC candidate, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, no matter what.
HIs words: “We are crying out again, and for the umpteenth time, that top officials of the APC masquerading under the cloak of working on the instructions of the Presidency have sworn that they will annex Ondo State by rigging the governorship election coming up on Saturday in favour of their protégé.
“At another in the series of meetings they have been holding to perfect their plan in Abuja on Monday, the Kaduna State Governor flanked by his Ogun State counterpart directed this high ranking INEC official, in the presence of two top officials of the Presidency who were in the meeting ostensibly to impress it on this INEC official that the Presidency was in support of the plan.
“Only last Saturday, another member of this plot and Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had boasted publicly at the grand rally of the APC in Akure that Akeredolu would win the election whether anybody likes it or not. He had equally told the crowd that they would do whatever it requires to win. And ever since, we have been subjected to series of bloody attacks and destruction of our banners, billboards and vehicles belonging to the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke, in their bid to cow us.”
While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call to order some of his top officials, especially his minsters from the South-West, the governors of Ogun and Kaduna states who are all out in their desperation towards the 2019 presidential ambition, to capture Ondo State which they intend to use as a springboard for the conquest of the zone, the Oke Organization warned that the “people of Ondo State are not animals that could be caged.”
According to him :”Let them be aware that the people of Ondo State would resist any attempt at imposing unpopular candidate on them by whoever tries it. They are not animals that could be captured and caged at will by anybody as they have been boasting they will so do. In the fullness of time, those who want to do conquest at all cost by subterfuge must be ready to face the full wrath and fury of the people.
“On our part as members of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), we have refrained from retaliating for the series of attacks aimed at us because we want this election to be peaceful and orderly. But those who take the silence of the people of Ondo State for signs of cowardice better beware.
“We are begging Mr President to please call for order and enjoin the INEC to do its job as an unbiased umpire and not allow itself to be used as the whole world is watching events unfold. The wish of the people of Ondo State must be allowed to manifest without any underhand antic, that is our prayer Your Excellency.
“We also want to appeal to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to call his men to order by staying far away from desperate politicians who are all out to rig election because the success of the administration, as far as election matters are concerned depends on the uprightness and transparency of INEC which had in the past been hailed as a truly independent Electoral Commission. This is our demand, no more, no less,” Olabisi pleaded.