A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Fatai Oyedele, popularly known as Diekola, has been arrested for being in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of Thursday’s governorship election rerun in four council areas.
The PVCs found in Diekola’s possession were believed to be that of electorate expected to vote at the polling unit in Osogbo where the re-run will hold on Thursday.
According to reports, the suspect led some leaders of his party to Ward 5, Unit 17 in Alekuwodo to buy up cards.
The APC candidate Gboyega Oyetola in a statement by his campaign organisation said Diekola’s arrest confirmed opinion that PDP was out to subvert the will of the people.
The statement reads in part: “We are vindicated today that the security agents finally nabbed one of the PDP vote buying and selling dealers, who has been the Harrowhead of procurement and commodification of Permanent Voters Card (PVC). We had expressed concern to the security agents about the violent posture of the PDP and the way they were monetising votes before and during the last Saturday election.
“Despite the commitment of President Muhammad Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola to ensuring that the election is peaceful and devoid of any violence, the same set of people arrested have been attacking APC members in Osogbo, the state capital and openly distributing money even on the eve of election.”