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Tension in Osun as Residents Elect Their Governor Today

Governor Aregbesola of Osun state (L) and Sen. Iyiola Omisore
Oyewale Oyelola

As the people of Osun state would from 8am on Saturday visit their various polling stations for accreditation ahead voting in the afternoon, the presence of security officers across the state and allegations by participating political parties is causing tension among the electorates.

African examiner correspondent in Osun state gathered that all business activities in major towns in state closed around 5pm on Fridays while security forces comprising DSS, soldiers, police, Civil defence and paramilitary have taken over the street to maintain law and order.

Our correspondent gathered additional 3000 security personnel were deployed to Ile-Ife the home of PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

Findings revealed that some parties are planning to cause violence to intimidate close to 1million voters who have received their permanent voter’s card.

Incumbent governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and family relocated to his town-Ilesa yesterday (Friday) to mobilize his supporters in the town to come out in their large numbers to support his second term ambition.

In a chat with newsmen, Osun state Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Segun Agbaje stated that INEC is ready to conduct free, fair and credible polls.

He disclosed that all electoral personnel are currently in their registration area and they will be convey to various polling units with vehicle hired by the electoral body in company of security officers.

He assured all political parties that no body would rig the election or announce fake result, noting that the votes will be counted at polling unit before taking the result to collation centers.

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