Timothy Owoeye, Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, expressed dissatisfaction with the way the election in the state's Ilesa East Local Government Area was handled.
Additionally, he is running for reelection to the state Assembly in the Ilesa East State Constituency.
Immediately after casting his ballot at Ward 10, Polling Unit 6, Ilesa East, Owoeye spoke with journalists and accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of mistreating All Progressives Congress (APC) members.
He said, "I am not happy with the behavior of PDP members in Ilesa East. They have been removing APC members and supporters from the voting line since the morning.
“Some of our members who have been in the queue in Ward 4, Ward 5, Ward 6, and even Ward 8 were macheted this morning and have been rushed to the hospital.
“I don’t know what the election is turning to." When one party is chasing away members of another party who have come out to vote for candidates of their choice
“I don’t know what the security operatives are doing.”
Responding, Sunday Bisi, a former PDP chairman in Osun, debunked Owoeye’s allegations, describing them as lies.
“Let me just be sincere with you." Mr. Speaker is telling lies. The APC has been terrorizing the people of Ilesa East.
The security personnel can attest to it. Most of our members have been chased away from most of the wards. They have macheted and chased away most of our members.
“The irony of it is that it is the Speaker who is leading all these thugs."
“The Electoral Act stipulates that when you cast your vote, you either stay at the polling units or go back home."
“In my ward, Ward 1, of the Ilesa East local government, the turnout would have been impressive, but because of the shooting and everything, people are running helter-skelter. "People want to save their lives.”
Reacting to the allegations of Speaker Owoeye, the spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, Yemisi Opalola, maintained that security personnel are on ground in Ilesa though they may not be in massive numbers.
“Our men are there, though we may not have a massive number of policemen, and we have given out numbers in case they have an overwhelming situation.
“We have standby personnel that will go to such places and counter any challenge.”
She revealed that calls complaining of voter harassment had been received and that action had been taken on it immediately.
“Election is not war. We are brother and sister and related one way or the other in this state and after the election, we will still meet again. Please let it be peaceful, and let anybody that will win, win, and let’s pray for that person to do us good.”
The Command had, in a press statement signed by Opalola on Friday, issued numbers: 08039537995, 08075872433, 08123823981, and PPRO: 08067788119 for the public to report any police officer and other security agents found performing illegal duties or any impostor, parading himself or herself as a police officer or any other security agent during the poll, to the appropriate authority for proper sanction.
On the detention of some travelers by security personnel in some parts of the state, Opalola stated, “Nobody should go anywhere with a car or vehicle but rather walk to the polling units they want to vote. Anybody caught will be detained until the end of the election before they are released.
“Apart from that, the vehicle will be impounded and will not be released to such individuals even after the election."
“We sent out our press release yesterday, but people are still adamant.”