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Osun election: Oyetola assures APC’s victory



…Police deploy DIG, 4 AIGs, 4 CPs, 15 DCPs, others for election

OSUN State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has assured victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 16 Osun State governorship election.

  Governor Oyetola, who said this during an engagement meeting with Osun Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), on Sunday, in Osogbo, predicted that from all indications, APC would record a landslide victory in the poll, adding that the APC victory would enable him build on achievements he had so far recorded since assuming leadership of the state.

  Oyetola, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, appealed to the electorate not to be deceived by desperate politicians.

  He noted that he has been serving the state diligently since the beginning of his administration, adding that those who lacked administrative capacity must not be allowed to truncate the development the state is currently witnessing.

  “My desire is to win the July 16 election with a wide margin. The electorates are on my side, my achievements are there to speak for me and God is willing to crown my efforts”, he said.

  He further appealed to the electorate to resist the temptation of selling their votes.

   “I want to appeal to the electorate to resist the temptation of selling their votes to desperate politicians.

  “Osun is not for sale, neither are the people of the state for sale. Those who are bragging around with dollars to win the election have nothing to offer.

  “They are only desperate to get the power without anything tangible to offer the state and we must not allow them to have access to our treasury.”

  Assuring that he will never renege on his campaign promises, he said that the general welfare of the masses will continue to be his utmost priority.

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  “My second term will be for service more than ever before. I will not relent because that is why I am the governor.

  “The welfare of the masses, prompt payment of workers’ salaries, pension, empowerment, youth engagement, improved economy, health, education, infrastructure among others will not stop.”

  The governor also warned politicians against involving in violence, adding that election should not be seen as a do-or-die affair.

  “Osun is known for peace and we should not allow anything, nor even the election to truncate the peaceful atmosphere. Election should not be seen as a do-or-die affair, but rather as an avenue to serve humanity.

  “I appeal to all the political gladiators in the election to abide by the rules of the election for the sake of peace. Anyone caught, no matter how highly placed, causing violence will be dealt with by the security agencies”, he said.

  The governor, however, said his administration would continue to support the farmers with necessary farm inputs and implements.

  He said his government had set aside 1000 hectares of land for farming to boost food sufficiency and make the state the food basket of the south-west zone.

  The initiative, according to him, is to rejuvenate the agricultural sector by making it more attractive and productive to farmers, particularly the young ones.

  AFAN Chairman, Mr Suleiman Araokanmi, commended the governor for his various interventions in agriculture in the state and appealed to government to give more farm inputs to farmers to enhance more food production and pledged the support of the association for Oyetola’s re-election.

  Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, has deployed a police team to be headed by Mr Johnson Kokumo, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) to Osun, ahead of the July 16 governorship election in the state.

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  The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement added that Kokumo, who is also the supervisory DIG for the South-West, would be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) during the election.

  He said four Commissioners of Police (CPs), 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 30 Assistant Commissioners of Police were also deployed for the exercise.

  According to him, adequate police personnel of the rank of Chief Superintendents of Police and below have equally been deployed for the election.

  He said Kokumo would oversee the implementation of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment.

  Adejobi said the idea was to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment, devoid of violence for law abiding citizens to freely perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.

  He said other senior officers deployed would coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three senatorial districts, 30 local government areas and 3,753 polling units in the state.

  Adejobi said the CP and Provost Marshall at the Force Headquarters, Mr Julius Alawari, had been temporarily deployed to Osun for the election and would be there until the conclusion of the exercise.

  He said the CP in charge of Osun, Mr Olokode Olawale, had been temporarily moved to the Force Headquarters.

  The police spokesman said the I-G would on Tuesday, meet with stakeholders in Osogbo, adding that the operational deployments were part of actions aimed at creating a conducive and enabling environment for the election.

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  He said the personnel deployed were drawn from the conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and INTERPOL.

  Adejobi said others were drawn from the Special Protection Unit (SPU), Police Airwing, Public Relations Department (FPRD) and the police medical team.

  He said the personnel would be on the ground to guarantee a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

  According to him, five armoured personnel carriers for patrol, as well as three helicopters and six Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for aerial surveillance amongst other unique operational assets are also deployed.

  He said the Nigeria Police Force was satisfactorily prepared for the election and reiterated the commitment of the force to synergise with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders for the election.

  Adejobi said the synergy was to protect democratic values, provide a level playing field for all political actors, and ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC officials, equipment, accredited observers and other key players.

  He urged the electorate to be law-abiding and to comply with the restriction of movement order to be announced at the appropriate time.

  The police spokesman enjoined the electorate to come out en masse to exercise their franchise, adding that adequate security had been erected to protect lives and property, before, during, and after the election.

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