August 2, 2014 – The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has held a grand rally preparatory for the Saturday, August 9, 2014 election scheduled for Osun State.
The PDP is fielding Dr. Iyiola Omisore as flag bearer while the All Progressive Congress (APC) is fielding Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola besides 18 other contenders.
Speaking at the rally, President Goodluck Jonathan said he will continue to show the world that Nigerians are capable of ruling themselves by delivering one man one vote and urged the people of Osun to go out and vote for the PDP.
He said that a political party has gone to court to challenge the use of policemen and military in an election noting that some time ago about 10 members of the National Youth Corps (NYSC) deployed for elections were killed by hoodlums adding that he will never tolerate a situation where hoodlums will continue to walk the streets during elections and waste innocent lives.
Also speaking at the rally, Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu called on the people of Osun State to come out and vote and retrieve what he termed stolen mandate of the PDP.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that Osun State has 30 local government areas and 332 registration areas, 3,010 polling units and 3,379 voting points.
According to INEC, there are 1, 407,222 registered voters in Osun State, 754, 828 female while the rest 661, 394 are males.
According to INEC, the other parties and their candidates to be listed in the ballot papers during the election include: Action Alliance — Babatunde Oralusi (Governor), Hon. Adekunle Rufai (Deputy); Accord Party — Niyi Owolade (Governor), Opawuyi Bolaji Abdulganiyu (Deputy); ACPN — Olufemi Adeleke Hammed (Governor), Famiran Lawrence Olusola (Deputy); Action for Democracy -Senator Sunday Olawale Fajimi (Governor), Ogundele Kamarudeen Adeyemi (Deputy); African Democratic Congress — Comrade Ojo Gbenga Gabriel (Governor), Comrade Adebiyi Adedayo Segun (Deputy); All Progressive Alliance — Agboola Azeez Obasanjo (Governor), Oseni Kazeem Adebisi (Deputy); All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Akintunde Adebimpe Adetunji (Governor), Oladitan Olabode Joseph (Deputy); and All Progressives Congress (APC), Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola (Governor), Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori (Deputy).
Others include: Citizen Popular Party — Alhaji Rafio Shehu Anifowose A. (Governor), Raji Sofiyat Bodemi (Deputy); Labour Party — Akinbade Fatai Akinade (Governor), Adenipekun Michael Isola Tunde (Deputy); MPPP — Chief Babatunde Adetoro (Governor), Faremi Raphael (Deputy); NCP — Afolayanka Olanrewaju Jimoh (Governor), Akinlabi Babatope Sunday (Deputy); NNPP — Prince Adefare Segun Adegoke (Governor), Mrs. Adebowale A. Mujidat (Deputy); Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) — Oludare Timothy Akinola (Governor), Wayilat Titilade Adeleye (Deputy).
PPA — Ganiyu Abiodun Lawal (Governor), Mrs. Grace Mabayoje Ojofakuade (Deputy); UDP — Funso Toyin Bunmi (Governor), Phillip Samuel (Deputy); UPN — Adeoti Ibrahim Abiodun (Governor), Salokun Folasade Bukola (Deputy); UPP — Prince Victor Olusegun Adeniyi (Governor), Mrs. Christiana Oluwatoyin (Deputy); and SDP — Akinwusi Olusegun (Governor), Alhaja Rashidat Taiwo Olaigbe (Deputy).