The chairman of Accord Party in the State of Osun, Hon. Segun Fanibe has alleged that the former Deputy Governor in the State of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore colluded with members of the All Progressive Congress in Ile-Ife to unleash terror on members of the Accord Party in the last Saturday’s Local Government election in the ancient city.
Speaking with Osun Defender in his residence at Parakin, Eleyele area, he said that as early as 7:15am in Iremo, one PDP thug Oluremo attacked him with an axe in front of Latale’s compound, and the arrival of the Area commander and his men who were just passing by saved the situation, which led to the arrest of the hoodlum who was detained in Moore police station afterwards.
To buttress his point, he alleged that one Alhaji Alura, who was Omisore’s right hand man openly told him at unit 005 in Iremo that though his party is not contesting in the election, but Accord Party will not have a smooth sail.
Hon Fanibe said that the withdrawal of the PDP from the election and the sudden romance it had with the All Progressive Congress in Ifeland is a bad indicator as they had both sworn to resist other parties from having foothold in the area.
He further stated that there is no difference between both parties as they are anti-people and they had unnecessary grip on the whole polity through election manipulation, the use of thugs and other forms of intimidation which he said was displayed in the 59 wards across, the ancient city of Ife during the election.
He therefore condemned the totality of the election, blaming OSIEC for the poor conduct of the election, alleging that the commission jointly colluded with the ruling party to rig the election in its favour.
“The Accord Party reject the conduct of the election as it was marred with irregularities, our party agents were denied access to the polling units, as they were asked to present letter of introduction on the election day, despite the fact that they wore the party tags in Ife-North East, Ife-North and Ife-North West local government areas.
In Ife-East precisely, he alleged that One Olokose, a popular PDP thug disrupted the voting exercise in All Saints Primary School Ilode, shooting sporadically into the air to scare voters, as well as security agents who are not armed away.
He therefore called for effective mobilisation of security personnels and voters education to forestall future occurrences of manipulation, intimidation and rigging of election in the coming election.
He said that the Accord Party is reviewing the outcome and the challenges that characterised the last Saturday election adding that the party will consult with its members across local governments in the areas it contested to know the next step to take.