Osogbo — The Civil Societies' Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has warned that any plan to rig the election will be resisted by the masses.
At a press conference yesterday in Osogbo, CSCEOS Chairman, Comrade Sulaiman Adeniyi, said the people should be given the opportunity to elect their governor without interference.
The group expressed worry over what it described as incessant visit of Vice President Yemi Osibajo to the state in the last two weeks, and that the huge funds recently released to Governor Rauf Aregbesola may be used to compromise the election.
The CSCEOS said: "We salute the unusual courage displayed by the people of this state inspite of the untold hardship they were subjected to by our rulers in the last few years. We are sure that majority of us have painfully waited for this day to come.
"While our leaders, their families and their cohorts and godfathers lived robustly, innocent citizens of this state were made to pass through horrendous period. Our people were deceived by "O" this and "O" that and we are now left with debilitating debts that the unborn generations will keep on battling with.
"Our educational system was bastardized by abnormal procedures and our local government administration was virtually destroyed by these locusts who invaded this state in the last seven years. Our state was painfully milked and looted.
"The blood of the innocents shed through curious programmes still littered the streets. We've lost the count of numbers of retirees who died while waiting for their pensions and gratuities. The so-called modulated "half" salaries for workers cannot be explained by any right-thinking individual."
The group recalled that uncountable times, workers, students, retirees, traders and even civil society groups were on the streets protesting all forms of maladministration.
"Be that as it may, we have everything to fear that the September 22nd, 2018 election may not be credible. Despite the usual promises made by the INEC and the security agencies, we have reasons to believe that rigging of this election may have been perfected.
"Elections may have been rigged elsewhere but we will strongly resist any attempt by anyone to undermine the September 22nd election. In fact, heads will roll if electoral thieves think they can steal the peoples' votes here."