- Governorship candidate of APC in Osun state, Gboyega Oyetola, has said that alliance of opposite against him would not stop his victory
- He said opposition would not pose any threat to his governorship ambition
- Oyetola noted that electorate would decide who will govern them on Saturday, September 22
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Osun state, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, has declared that the alliance of opposition against him would not stop him from winning the poll.
In an interview with Punch, Oyetola said that though coalition, alliance and merger are part of the antics of power struggle in a democracy, it would not be a threat to his governorship ambition.
Legit.ng gathered that sovereignty rests with the people, adding that electorate are the ultimate judge who will, on Saturday, September 22, decide who gets their mandate.
He said: "Coalition, alliance and merger are part of the antics of power struggle in a democracy. But obviously that is and can never be a threat to my ambition. Sovereignty rests with the people.
"They are the ultimate judge who will, on Saturday, September 22, decide who gets their mandate. The people are sufficiently knowledgeable and conscious of what they want. The APC has served them transparently and inclusively in the last eight years.
"The people want continuity of good governance. They want their children to continue to eat free and nourishing food in schools. They know that we value education. They want to continue to enjoy soft loan for business, and they know we are the ones that can serve them better.
"They know such alliance is a mere conspiracy to impose people with little or no capacity to provide the required leadership. They know we are not pretenders. I’m confident that come Saturday, September 22, the good people of Osun state will return the APC government to the Government House.
"Let me remind you that in 2014, when they were together, the APC defeated them. Now they have gone to different parties, this will make it easier to defeat them. Even if they all come together again, the APC will still defeat them.
Asked why the APC waited for the election time before the party started distributing N100,000 Trademoni to petty traders in the state, Oyetola said that the gesture was part of President Muhammadu Buhari's promises to the electorate in 2015.
"This is one of the promises of President Muhammadu Buhari when he was campaigning and Osun was not the only state where the money was given to traders. This is a means of empowering the poor traders and I think it should be commended.
"It has nothing to do with the Osun election and people should desist from fabricating lies to discredit the good programme of the people.
"The latest Paris Club refund was released to the state and the governor added over N3bn to it to pay workers. Are we going to tell them to vote for us before collecting their money? What we paid to them are their entitlements.
"They were not bribed and nobody should see it as a strategy to sway voters. Vote buying is not just criminal, it’s ungodly; it’s reducing and ridiculing our people", he said.
Speaking on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s plans to bar voters from carrying cameras and telephones into polling cubicles in order to prevent them from snapping and using the picture ballot to collect money, Oyetola said for Nigeria's democracy to survive, people must reject vote buying and consciously educate them against it.
He said: "For this democracy to survive, we must reject vote buying and consciously educate our people against it.
"I will not only support INEC’s decision to bar voters from carrying phones to the polling cubicles, I’m in support of everything legally possible to stop the albatross of our elections called vote buying. Sections 124 and 125 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) already criminalises vote buying and selling, all thoughtful Nigerians, who believe in democratic governance, must join hands to make it work."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, called on the federal government to fish out and prosecute those who killed a former attorney general of the federation, Chief Bola Ige.
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