A former Special Adviser in the administration of former Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has slammed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent comments on the September 2018 governorship election that brought in current Governor of the State, Isiaka Oyetola.
Obasanjo in a critical open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, had cited the election as one of those instances that cast doubts on the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair polls in February and March this year.
In his reaction, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola’s former aide, advised
Obasanjo “to be wary of references that could take down his integrity
and totally cast him in bad light in the estimation of right-thinking
According to Okanlawon, Obasanjo presented fasle claims as facts just to rubbish the integrity of INEC and President Buhari. He said that Obasanjo misfired using the Osun September 2018 election
as an instance of electoral fraud.
His words: “Obasanjo, in his claim, said what was conclusive was declared
inconclusive. He said that the rerun was unnecessary. This is rather
unfortunate coming more so from a former President of Nigeria who has
been assigned the responsibilities for monitoring electoral processes
on the continent of Africa.
“If Chief Obasanjo could not recognize the need for a rerun as deemed
proper by INEC, the authorities constituted to administer the
exercise, how much of credibility can we then say had been applied in
his supervision of some of the elections he had monitored in Africa?”
The former governemt spokesman of the Aregbesola administration said that while the dispute arising from the Osun governorship election is currently at the tribunal, “it is instructive to note that a huge sum of votes
belonging to the APC candidates were voided; the reasons for the
voiding to be determined appropriately by the tribunal.”
He added: “The fact is that Governor Gboyega Oyetola was validly elected as
Governor of Osun. The mere realization that very huge numbers of
ballots that were APC votes but voided is a clear indication that APC
won the election.”
He also alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party made dubious efforts to
manipulate the election last year. He however concluded that “the people of Osun have become so vigilant knowing the implications of the return of
PDP to power.”