As Osun state governorship election is twenty-four hours away, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders rolled out yesterday what
they described as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) manual
to rig Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.
There are, among others, projected fake results in all the 30 local
government areas and a massive plan to arrest APC members.
At a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital, APC Chairman
John Odigie-Oyegun said the rigging plans were contained in two
documents prepared by the PDP in Osun, and which are now in the
possession of the APC.
The first is a “secret” document marked ‘’HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL’’
that contains a meticulous outline of plans to rig the election,
polling unit by polling unit, using pre-programmed ballot papers
already designed and thumb printed with vanishing ink in favour of
The second document, entitled ‘’Task Force: Operation (PDP)
takeover of Osun’’, lists the actions to be taken at most of the 30
local government areas, including thuggery, snatching of ballot
boxes and instigation of violent clashes, the PDP members to
coordinate the recommended actions and the APC members to be
arrested to pave the way for such actions.
The party said the ‘secret’ document contains the plan to deploy
specified numbers of impression ballot papers and vanishing ink
in 1,195 polling units across 155 wards in all local government
areas, in addition to a plan to de-register 47,000 voters, whose
Voters Identification Numbers have been illegally acquired so they
won’t find their names on the register on election day.
It said the document also contains the number of pre-allotted
votes for each local government to make up the number of
406,116, which the PDP has pre-allotted to itself even before the
commencement of voting.
The APC gave the breakdown of the self-allotted figures, as
contained in the document, as follows: Atakumosa East (10,000);
Atakumosa West (10,000), Ayedaade (15,000), Ayedire (10,000),
Boluwaduro (5,000); Boripe (10,000); Ede North (10,130); Ede
South (10,000); Egbedore (10,000); Ejigbo (15,000); Ife Central
(35,000); Ifedayo (7,000); Ife East (33,018); Ifelodun (15,000) and
Ife North (20,000).
Others listed are: Ife South (20,000); Ila (10,000); Ilesa East
(10,000); Ilesa West (10,340); Irepodun (10,007); Irewole (20,105);
Isokan (10,000); Iwo (15,000); Obokun (10,203); Odo-Otin
(10,107); Ola-Oluwa (5,070); Olorunda (15,000); Oriade (10,000);
Orolu (7,936 and Osogbo (28,000).
According to the APC, the plan is to be carried out in connivance
with key Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
officials from the national headquarters, and those deployed from
other states, with the staunch backing of all security agencies
deployed for the election, with particularly-mobilised personnel,
former militants and masked thugs impersonating security
officials under a combined team code named “Election Task
Force”, directly under the instructions of Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro
(Minister of State for Defence) and Jelili Adesiyan (Minister of
Police Affairs), Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and Mr. Chris Uba.
It said the mandate of the task force includes the intimidation,
harassment and arrest of APC party chieftains, agents and
sympathisers who are uncompromising or “refuse their offer of
The APC said the second document, a part of which was written in
longhand, contained even more damning evidence that the PDP
has decided to employ rigging, thuggery and other acts of violence
For example, the party said, the document lists members of the
‘Omisore Youth Forum’ who must be supported with the
deployment of a “Strike Force” as Adedotun Adebowale (alias
Marcel), Kingsley Awosiyan, Muyiwa Odikunrin, Wale Ojo, Kola
Oladipupo and Kako Banji.
Other are Halif A. Adeniran from Isokan War 10; Blessing Ikeaba
(Ilesa West); Sunday Akanfe Atidade (Ede South, Kuge Ward 2);
Shaibu Oyedokun (Ede South, Ward 10 and 11); Bode Falade
(Ejigbo Ward 2); Raji Kayode (Ejigbo Ward 5) and Lasisi Gambia
(Iwo, Oke Adan Ward 2).
The APC members to be arrested include Moshood Abdulahi,
Akorede Lawal and Basiru Awobode (Isokan Ward 3); Femi Fasoro,
Lanre Abu, Taiye Alapa, Seyi Elese and Taye Johnson (Ilesa West);
Dele Nafui (Ayedire); Peter Babalola (Irewole) as well as Ramah
Ajiboye, Johnson Ojo, Adedeji Soji and Alimi Kajogbola (Ede
The APC said actions to be taken to swing the election in favour of
the PDP were also listed in the various local government areas,
including Ife Central (stuffing of ballot boxes, thuggery and
physical clashes); Atakumosa East (Multiple voting, thuggery and
ballot stuffing); Ife North (electoral violence); Ayedaade (electoral
violence and rigging); Egbedore (snatching of ballot boxes and
ballot papers) and Ede South (snatching of ballot boxes). In the
local government areas, the thugs in charge of the designated evil
assignment and the APC members to be arrested were also listed.
Meanwhile, the party has said it is not true that the military
command is unaware of the plan to use soldiers to rig the Osun
election, as 38 army officers were dispatched to Osun on
Wednesday and were part of the team that disrupted the rally that
was to be held in Osogbo by the NLC in support of Gov.
APC said businessman “Chris Uba has been given 50 soldiers
from Enugu, which he would lead to Osun for one mission and one
mission only: Brutalise, intimidate or kill any APC supporter who
wants to prevent PDP’s rigging. One wonders when Uba joined the
army that he has now become a military commander.”
APC said the outlined rigging plans explain why the PDP has been
boasting repeatedly that it would capture Osun, having
successfully executed similar plans in Delta Senatorial, Anambra
governorship and Ekiti governorship elections.
‘’All these point to the fact that PDP’s devilish plans to destroy
our nascent democracy would stop at nothing to achieve its aim.
We hereby put all stakeholders on red alert. We call on Prof.
Attahiru Jega to ensure that his name does not go down in infamy
as some others have.
‘’We also call on the new IGP and other security agents to show to
Nigerians that they are truly professional men and women of
honour. We appeal to all Nigerians and particularly the Osun
electorate to be extra vigilant and ensure that their will is not
subverted by this on-rushing brigade of evil,’’ the party said,
vowing to put all machinery in place to safeguard the mandate of
its teeming supporters and resist all forms of intimidation or
devilish manipulation of the voting process.
APC said it “is confident that, in the end, millions of soldiers,
police and other security agents are not enough to take on the
people and crush their will, much as they will try to”.