The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has urged members of the All Progressives Congress to turn out in their large numbers to vote in today’s governorship primary election of the party.
He said this in an address broadcast on social media on Saturday, cautioning them to be peaceful.
There is a fierce battle for the sole ticket of the party between the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, and a former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti.
Adeoti, a former state chairman of the party, is the anointed candidate of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Full statement by Aregbesola:
My good people of Osun,
Good day to you all.
Another electoral cycle has rolled by and we are now in that season again in Osun. We should thank God for the democratic right to participate in the electoral process of electing our leaders.
As you all know, this is a two-staged process. The first is intra-party, meaning that our party, the All Progressives Congress, will democratically nominate its candidate. The second stage, inter-party, will take place in a state-wide election sometime in July, God willing.
For this first stage, I am appealing to all our party members to participate peacefully in the primary election taking place today. They should avoid any form of violence, brigandage, and disorderliness.
“Our party members, especially our supporters, should be resolute to cast their vote, not to be intimidated and scared away. But they should portray themselves and the party in the best form in comportment, organization, and promotion of societal peace and tranquillity.
You should know that we are first a community of humans before we are a political community. Our peaceful coexistence, therefore, supersedes every other activity.
The Nigerian and our party’s constitutions make provision for the expression of our preference and choice of leader every four years. This is the heart of the democratic process. It is an inalienable right we should take as sacred and exercise with every sense of responsibility.
I am also appealing to our members to push out the women and let them lead the process by coming out decently and peacefully. This is to demonstrate the customary dignity of women as matriarchs, mothers, wives, and daughters, which confers on them the special protection status from violent attacks from thugs and hoodlums.
Our overall objective is to have a transparent, free, fair, and peaceful election.
I wish us all a peaceful, free, fair, and successful primary election.
I thank you all.