Bamigbola Gbolagunte and Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has declared today work-free day, to enable resident go out and vote in the re-run election holding in seven polling units.
This was contained in a statement issued by the governor, through his media aide, Mr. Sola Fasure, in Osogbo, the state capital, on Wednesday.
“The State Government of Osun has declared Thursday, September 27, 2018, a public holiday throughout the state. This is to enable workers to participate in the rerun governorship election taking place in seven units in Ife-North, Ife-South, Orolu and Osogbo Local Government areas of the state.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Joshak Habila, has said the Force has got wind of plans to disrupt today’s rerun.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, Habila said the police and security agency would, however, not permit any breakdown of law and order during the process.
He said anyone found wanting would be made to face the wrath of the law.
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“We have an intelligence report that there is a grand plan to turn the election gruesomely violent and deadly by arming thugs to unleash mayhem at polling centers,” he said.
“As law enforcement agencies, the police and other security agencies would not permit the breakdown of law and order.
“Those of them preparing for ‘fire for fire’ must be ready to bear the consequences of their actions which are designed to undermine this particular democratic process.
“It should be noted that the Nigeria Police Force will remain proactive and would not rest on its oars in the task to decode the identities of those democratic enemies.
“Residents are requested to be law abiding and go about their lawful duties without fear and with the full assurance of the protection of law abiding citizens and voters who are out there to exercise their franchise.
“The police and other law enforcement agencies have been deployed to maintain law and order and protect lives and property of residents.