Ahead of the Saturday’s by-election to fill the vacant seat of Oorelope state constituency in the Oyo State House of Assembly, one of the leaders of the Labour Party in the local government, Alhaji Sarafadeen Alani Yusuff, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state, of plans to cause violence in the local government in order to win the elections “at all costs.”
But the caretaker chairman of the local government, Honourable Samuel Okunlade, said the accusation is baseless and untrue, pointing out that “APC and our governor have always been known for peace and we cannot be linked to violence over a by-election in a local government that has since become fully APC.”
It will be recalled that the former occupant of the seat, Gideon Aremu, who was elected on the platform of the Labour Party, was murdered early in July.
Yusuff, popularly known as Al Wajud, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call his party and the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi to order, noting that Labour Party members “want peace and we want our votes to count. We want one man, one vote, but the APC has been threatening us with the power of incumbency and state might.”
He further noted that since Buhari and the APC got to power based on a free and fair election, the party in the state should allow the same to happen in Oorelope (State constituency).
Yusuff boasted that “Labour Party is in control of the local government” and will win any election in the council area.
However, Okunlade maintained that the comments of Yusuff and the other Labour Party members are just mind games. He said they are playing those games because they are jittery at the prospect of losing in Saturday’s poll; Okunlade pointed out that the state government has never meddled with the politics of the local government in the past and does not intend to do so at any point.