The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against recruiting members of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, as ad hoc staff for the August 9 governorship election in the state.
The party said it had been informed that some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, have infiltrated INEC and were fraudulently enlisting OYES cadets for recruitment as ad hoc staff for the election.
In a statement issued by the Director of Media and Strategy of Osun PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, the party specifically accused Senator Isiaka Adeleke of forcing INEC officials to recruit OYES cadets for election duties in his constituency.
The statement reads, “Many APC chieftains were alleged to be involved in this desperate move to avert defeat and commit fraud through OYES cadets that are being recruited in place of the National Youth Service Corps members to work on the day of Osun governorship polls, but we can only confirm Adeleke’s involvement.
“What they have been doing is to substitute the NYSC members
with OYES cadets and get uniforms of the corps for them. Adeleke is deeply involved in this and we have strong evidences against him.”
The party advised members of OYES to be wary of antics of the APC leaders by declining to be fraudulently enlisted for election duties, saying “any OYES cadet caught by the security operatives will face the consequences alone, because we know those behind this illegal move will go underground immediately they are caught.”
It added that: “These cadets are citizens of Osun that are being misused by Aregbesola and his men and we won’t like any calamity to befall them. They should learn from what happened to members of APC criminal group called ‘State Boys’ that were caught in Ilesa and ferried to Abuja by security personnel.
“Till this moment, leaders of APC that armed and had hitherto used them to destabilise the peace of Osun State and territorise its people could not rescue them. Even Aregbesola, their commander-in-chief has disowned them. Members of OYES cadets should learn from this and not fall victim of the desperation by Aregbesola, Adeleke and other APC leaders.”
Reacting to the allegation the spokesperson of the APC in Osun, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, urged the PDP to report to INEC if they have evidence to back their claim and described the allegation as illogical.
He said, “The illogical content of their allegation shows how empty they are. If they were thinking properly they won’t say the APC is enlisting OYES cadets for election, when the conduct of the election is squarely on the doorstep of INEC. They really don’t know what to say. They have perfected their plan to rig the August 9 election and they are looking for excuses.”