Osun Elections: Political Thugs In Video Damaged Shops, Goods Belonging To Igbo Traders (See What Ohanaeze Youth Council Said)
In a viral video trending online Shops belonging to traders from the East allegedly attacked outside their stores for their choice of candidate in Saturday’s Osun state governorship election. The political thugs damaged some Igbo entrepreneurs’ shops at Old Garage in Osogbo, the state capital.
Unconfirmed reports said the attack was sequel to the alleged reports that they backed Senator Ademola Adeleke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in last Saturday’s gubernatorial election, the thugs allegedly vandalized their counters, according to a man behind the video.
Pastor John Dike, the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Osun State, confirmed the attack and stated that no one was hurt and that everything is under control.
He claimed that those responsible for destroying the Igbo vendors’ counters were angry about the results of the governorship election.
“You know, in an election like this, you can’t rule out the possibility of dissatisfied persons. It’s not anything serious. Some of our people had their counters destroyed but we have brought that under control as I speak to you now.
“We are not taking any serious actions against it because we know that there are skirmishes of things like this when elections come up and go.
“The Yorubas that we live in their land are peace-loving people and we have been living friendly. So, it is something we can handle. There is no one injured as I speak to you,” he said.
Meanwhile The apex Igbo sociocultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, , has responded to the results of the Osun State governorship election that took place on Saturday.
the hotly contested election, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, defeated incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
The National President of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, said Adeleke’s victory was a clear indicator that “it is no longer business as usual” in a statement made available to the media on Monday.
He also praised the governor of Bayelsa, Douye Diri, for bringing the “ballot box revolution” to Osun State.
He said unlike previous elections where the youths showed indifferent, “the youth population are now alive to their responsibilities. We commend the dexterity of the youths, who did not just come out en-mass but voted and stayed back to ensure that the results were announced and transmitted.
“The defeat of the incumbent Governor, right there in the home State of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is a clear indication that the citizens no longer vote for parties but individuals. It is now a total departure from the ugly past.”
Okwu added that the outcome of the election was also a warning signal “that there will be no hiding place for all failed politicians no matter their acclaimed clout.
“This is no longer a time people hide under political parties to undermine the electorate. They will be served a bitter defeat in 2023.”
He added that, “Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State also deserves our commendation for coordinating the ballot box revolution in Osun. We need such coordination to chase out bad politicians in 2023.”