The All Progressives Congress candidate in the Osun governorship election, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has alleged that no fewer than 150 members of his party were either harassed or detained by security agents on election day.
Aregbesola spoke while voting at Ogbon Arugbo Ifofin in Ilesa, on Saturday.
He alleged that some APC agents were not given identification, which prevented them from monitoring the process.
He said, “The tags supplied by INEC to agents were not adequate and this deprived some of our agents of monitoring the electoral process. APC agents were specifically not given identity card cards to ensure that the rules of are well followed. If Federal Government continue to abuse our agents with security men, the result will not be friendly.
“I cannot say for all, but some the security personnel behaved in manners and ways that contradict their uniform. You will recall that there has been arrival of force for more than a week to intimidate the voters. As I speak to you 150 APC members including leaders and supporters have been molested and militarised.
“Even the Attorney General was manhandled and I am not sure he participated in the election process. Also, Commissioner and chairmen of council is in detention without any charge levelled against them, which is an mimical action. What we are witnessing is a bastardised democracy.”
He wondered what the intention of the Federal Government could be for deploying soldiers in the state, saying the freedom of Osun indigenes was placed under force.
The governor said, “Democracy in Osun is under the siege of Gun. We don’t really know the intention of the Federal Government here. We don’t know if the bring the force to intimidate us here or for security. People should be allowed to dictate who they want to lead them without force.
“When I got to the voting centre with my family around 10.30am to 11am, what I witnessed was commendable and I hope it is thesame experience that I have that others witnessed in other part of the state.”