THE Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro while speaking in ibadan, Oyo State capital has justified Federal Government’s deployment of soldiers in the Osun State governorship election, saying it was necessary to forestall bloodletting in the state.
The minister who spoke with newsmen in Ibadan to debunk
the claim that he was in Osun State to facilitate the rigging of
the poll under security cover, said soldiers were drafted to
Osun to maintain peace and orderliness during the election.
The minister, who spoke against the backdrop of criticisms of
his alleged presence in Osun State and demand for his
immediate withdrawal from the state by the All Progressive
Congress APC, said the peaceful outcome of the polls had
vindicated the Federal Government’s wisdom and decision in
involving the military.
He alleged that the APC had planned mayhem, but for the
massive security cover put in place.
“If the military had not been drafted to Osun’s election, blood
would have been flowing there. The soldiers there are highly
professional and they are there to ensure a crisis and
violence-free election. The whole idea is to create a
conducive atmosphere for a free and fair election and
President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for this.
“You, gentlemen of the press can see me in Ibadan live and
direct today (yesterday). As you too can see, I am not in
Osun not to talk of being part of the election there. As I speak
with you now (12:45p.m) APC has invaded Osun with thugs.
What APC is doing is in contradiction of electoral guidelines.
We had election in Edo where the military was involved and
Adams Oshiomole won. APC did not complain. Recently, we
had Ekiti election where PDP won. And people adjudged the
election to be free and fair. APC leaders should learn to be