Charlie Boy Storms Osun, Joins Activists To Demand Probe Of Osun Governorship Election
Popular musician and founder of Our Mumu don do, Charles Oputa, and several other activists have called for a probe of the last governorship election in Osun state to forestall incidents of inducements, voters harassment and manipulation of figures which were recorded during the supplementary election held on the 27th of September.
The activists spoke at a Colloquium organised by the Oodua Youth Development Initiative and the Virtues Unlimited Restorative Justice Initiative in Osogbo on Monday.
Speakers at the event identified lack of transparency, harassment of observers and Media Men, failure of card readers as some of the incidents which marred the exercise declared to have been won by the All Progressive Congress candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
While reviewing the last election, Mr Oputa said Nigerians owe it a duty to the next generation to make sure that elections reflect the true wishes of the people and that citizens rise up to resist manipulations by electoral umpire.
He charged youths in Nigeria to rise up in Defence of true democracy, selfless leadership and natural justice without which no country can truly progress.
Other Speakers at the event include representatives of the Coalition in Defence of Nigeria's democracy and constitutio, Dare Ariyo; Democracy and Good governance Department of the Justice and Peace Makers Centre, Festus Ojewunmi and Wole Oladapo of the Virtues Restorative Justice Initiative.
Citing various reports of observer groups including the Nigeria Bar Association, Centre for Democracy and Development, UK, US and EU missions,speakers at the colloquium described the Osun governorship election as falling short of standards of credibility and neutrality in an electoral contest.
They called on the judiciary to be above board in handling the various petitions arising from the governorship election in order to retain public confidence in the judicial system as the last hope of the common man.
The colloquium was also attended by leaders of 9 political parties who spoke on the need for the International community to pay closer attention to the 2019 general elections in view of the experiences of the Osun poll.
Representative of the People's Democratic Party, Dr Lere Oyewunmi accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of conniving with the APC to tamper with card readers deployed to many local governments during the election.
He said the card readers were preloaded with accreditation while features that identify the genuineness of voters cards were disabled ahead of the election.
Oyewumi called for public vigilance ahead of the 2019 general elections while also advising political parties to engage well educated and politically motivated persons as Party agents.