Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has accused the Federal Government of planning a coup against the good people of the state. He, however, warned that the coup will fail. Chatting with YES INTERNATIONAL!, inside the Government House, in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Thursday, July 31, 2014, the change agent who has turned around the State of Osun added that: “The longest coup in the history of Nigeria is in the offing in Osun…They (agents of the Federal Government) came in on Friday (July 25) and laid a siege on the people…And it’s been a reign of terror where an election is imminent. The goons of the government came in from Abuja, masked, shooting into the air. But we are unperturbed, we are standing up to them to defend ourselves. The constitution does not permit the President (Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) to interfere with the security of a state. A governor has absolute power over security in his state. But what we see now is the humiliation of the people”. The former Commissioner for Works in Lagos State and one of the closest politicos to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was in an all-white ensemble, reiterated his confidence about triumphing on the election day: “We are supremely confident that we will be returned; I don’t have fears about that…It will be difficult for it to be otherwise… There is no household, no social sector, no economic sector that this administration has not touched. Our OYES programme employed 20,000 youths in one fell swoop. Then, another set of 20,000 youths and then the third set by January; making it 60,000. Just OYES. On that project alone, we’ve spent N9 billion so far… And even with the election imminent, we are not relaxing. We just launched school buses for our pupils. We believe and we are so sure that if service is the measurement, I will win again…But we must not allow the erosion of our democratic rights”. Aregbesola, whom many believe will carry the day, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, has Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as his strongest contender. Not new to political battles, his first four years didn’t come easy. Another PDP member, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had occupied the position until the courts ruled otherwise, after serious legal fireworks. However, since his emergence, many have come to acknowledge Aregbesola’s impact as well as his good works, which extend to nearly all the sectors of the state. But as he prepares to continue with his good works, the PDP and other political parties are all out to halt him. A move, the 57-year-old politician who trained as an engineer, has described as a coup by the Federal Government, against him and the people of the State of Osun, like he has since renamed the state. Especially because of the way they are going about it.
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