The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday broke his silence over the postponement of the general elections earlier slated to hold this month.
Aregbesola said the development amounted to deliberate subversion of the country’s constitution.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director of the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said the postponement has no basis in logic, morality or constitution.
He said the shift in polls dates was induced by subtle threats using insecurity in the country as a subterfuge.
Aregbesola was quoted as saying: “This is the second time brazen attempts would be made by the same security agencies to subvert the democratic process. The first was the attempt to subvert the democratic process in the state of Osun when they brought over 73,000 security agents to subvert the will of the people. Then, they attempted to forcibly take power from the legitimate authority in the State of Osun. The second is this unwarranted postponement of the elections. This is totally unbecoming of civilian rule and democratic dispensations. And it is clearly an abuse of the powers vested in the person of the President.”
Expressing hopes that nothing must tamper with the new dates of the elections, the Osun State governor said part of the strategy of the Peoples Democratic Party and the highly jittery Presidency was to wear Nigerians out in order to perfect strategies to subvert the wishes of the people.
He added: “This is a grave error on the part of the PDP-led Federal Government as Nigerians, bonded and driven by acute suffering occasioned by the inept leadership that is the legacy of PDP, have resolved to vote out the anti-people party and effect the change they are convinced will transform their lives.
“This postponement, rather than confer on them any advantage, has compounded their woes as Nigerians are much more resolute on their demands for a change.”
Aregbesola said being democrats who are committed to enthroning the best culture of democracy in Nigeria, his party and Nigerians would refuse to be provoked. He said: “Being democrats however, we shall remain unprovoked but continue to mobilise our people in the belief that nothing must affect the new proposed dates. The will of the people is supreme and that is what will triumph at the end of the day.”