- As Osun guber race draws nearer, candidates have moved their campaign to worship places
- The candidates of the PDP, ADC, SDP and other contenders were seen in various churches on Sunday, September 16
- Although they were not allowed to campaign, their presence was said to be politically motivated
With a few days to the Osun gubernatorial election, the political atmosphere in the state has become more intense as candidates from different political parties are storming churches with larger congregation to seek votes.
The Punch reports that a former governor of Osun state who also doubles as a chieftain of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Sunday, September 16, led the governorship candidate of the party, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, the deputy governorship candidate, retired Justice Olamide Oloyede and top bigwigs of the party to Living Faith Church, Osogbo to worship with the congregation.
Following the same trajectory, Professor Adeolu Durotoye who is a deputy governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party was reported to have also led some chieftains of the party, including a former commissioner for information in the state, Sunday Akere to worship in the same church.
NAIJ.com notes that Oyinlola, whose wife is a deaconess at Winners Chapel, is a regular worshiper at the church situated in the heart of the state's capital.
Also, Senator Iyiola Omisoore, the flag-bearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s candidate, and the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Candidate, Benedict Alabi, all reportedly went to different worship places, but were not allowed to campaign.
The resident pastor of Winners Chapel, Dapo Olumuyiwa introduced the parties' candidates to his members before leading them in prayers for Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and other bodies to be involved in the electoral process.
He also admonished members of the congregation not to sell their future for a politician's token.
He said: "Why should you sell your destinies and the destinies of your children for N10, 000 or less? Don’t sell your future, don’t sell your votes.”
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Meanwhile, it was reported that INEC on Friday, September 14, in Abuja, said it would deploy 16,000 staff for the conduct of Osun governorship election on September 22.
The body's chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) Series with the theme “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections.’’
Yakubu said the commission would ensure that citizens votes count in the Osun gubernatorial election.
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