May 28, 2023

Making arrangements for the Osun State governorship election scheduled for Saturday, the Deputy National Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Barrister Maxwell Mgbudem, on Friday raised alarm of a post election violence if the choice of the electorates is tampered with.

A statement was issued on Friday , Abuja, as the IPAC Deputy National Chairman said only a free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful gubernatorial election in Osun State would be accepted, emphasizing the need for politicians and other key stakeholders, including the security agencies and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to resist all pressure that will impinge on a credible poll.

“The only way the people of Osun state can accept the outcome of the election to be a true reflection of the wishes of the majority”.Mgbudem also the National Legal Adviser of Accord Party said.He also asked stakeholders in the Saturday governorship election in the state “to imbibe a political disposition which will guarantee peaceful and credible exercise acceptable to all.”

Condeming the increasing menace of vote buying by politicians, he called on law enforcement agents to arrest anyone involved in the act.While charging voters to reject the temptation of selling their votes for financial reward, he tasked them to vote for candidates with the capacity to bring development and succor, and that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of Osun people.

Based on franchise, Mgbudem disclosed that AP has a viable and popular candidate in the election, said that democracy is worthless if it does not reflect the desire and true mandate of the majority of the citizens, therefore challenging INEC, Civil Society Organization (CSOs), security agencies, and other stakeholders, to be on guard and ensure that voters are not disenfranchised.

“How the Osun governorship election turns out will go a long way to determine the zeal and enthusiasm with which Nigerians generally will participate in the 2023 general election.”

Marvelous Ogidi

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