Notable Osun Politicians Move Families Out Of State As Election Holds Today

Amid fear of possible violence today, during or after the governorship election in Osun State, notable politicians have relocated members of their families out of the State.

Investigations by Saturday Tribune indicated that those who hold sensitive positions within the ruling All progressives Party (APC) and key stakeholders in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among others, are involved in the family relocation saga.

A source who craved anonymity, while speaking with Saturday Tribune on Friday, said various reasons were given for the development.

“A notable politician said his wife, particularly, had a health challenge. He said in the eventuality that there is any kind of violence, his wife could develop high blood pressure; that was why he had to move her and the children out of the state till after the election.

“I can tell you, however, that he is not the only one that has taken such a step. Many other top politicians have done the same thing. Those who cannot afford to travel abroad sent their family members to other states like Oyo, Lagos and Kwara State.

“There is one that I know who chose Ghana. The family travelled by road on Thursday,” the source said.

Further checks revealed that politicians who relocated their family members out of Osun State for the election period did so largely on account of anticipation of skirmishes during the exercise.

It was learnt that the politicians feared that hoodlums could begin to break into homes of perceived political enemies for vengeance, in case results are not going in favour of the party they support.

Efforts of our reporter to reach the state’s police command over the development proved abortive as calls made to Folasade Odoro, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)’s number on Friday morning did not go through. 

Despite the heavy deployment of military personnel, agents of the Department of State Security (DSS), riot policemen and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC), detectives of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) to provide water tight security for today’s governorship poll in Osun, Saturday Tribune investigation indicated that majority of the electorate and other categories  were still gripped with fear and apprehension.

Our correspondent authoritatively gathered that some of the eligible voters might shun polling units and booths today owing to fears that violence could erupt in Osun regardless of assurance from the Inspector General of Police, Mr Sulaiman Abba and other heads of security agencies on the safety of lives and properties.

Credible sources informed Saturday Tribune that the development might be connected to threats of violence and inciting statements credited to some gladiators and stakeholders of few of the political parties.

Though, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission headed by Professor Attahiru Jega and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Osun, Mr Olusegun Agbaje had at different fora insisted that the election would be peaceful, many are still nursing the fear of a possible breakdown of law and order.

As of the time this report was being filed, security situation had heightened in Osogbo, the capital of the state with stern-looking officers of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) taking over major streets, frisking motorists and passengers to checkmate any attempt by desperate politicians to cause mayhem today.

When our correspondent moved round the major highways, particularly Gbongan-Ibadan expressway, some of the officers of the CTU, which is under the supervision of the Police headquarters in Abuja, were spotted using anti bomb devices to check the underneath of vehicles moving into Osun State.

The development came as more military personnel and riot policemen were strategically positioned at border towns, including Ikire end of Ibadan, Ilesa and Ila-Odo end bordering Kwara State to mount surveillance on vehicular movements into the state.

Though, the motive behind the deployment of the CTU officers  could not be ascertained as of the time this report was being filed, Saturday Tribune authoritatively gathered that  inciting outbursts of some gladiators might have informed the action.

One of the sources informed our correspondent that 15,000 soldiers, 30,000 policemen, 1,000 operatives of  SSS and 20,000  men and  officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), coupled with 100 sniffer dogs  are already on ground for today’s poll.



Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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