- The Nigerian Army has reportedly stormed Osun state to provide security ahead of Thursday, September 27, election rerun
- The military has reportedly taken over from the police who provided the security during the election which was declared inconclusive
- The presence of military in the state is reportedly creating tension among the people
Several military trucks with soldiers onboard have reportedly been sighted in Osun state as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prepares to conduct a rerun for the governorship election in the state on September 27.
The military men were reportedly seen in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, and Ifon, in Orolu local government and Ile-Ife, Champion News reports.
However, the Nigerian Army while reacting to this report said the army has not replaced the police in providing security in the rerun.
Army spokesperson, Colonel Hassan Ifijeh Mohammed, said the Nigerian Army is very much aware of its constitutional roles and therefore can not and will never usurp the roles of the Nigeria Police during elections.
Mohammed added that when and wherever the Nigerian Army deploys during elections, it does so to compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police in providing security in aid to civil authority in conjunction with other security agencies.
The rerun will take place in seven polling units at Osogbo, Orolu, Ife South, and Ife North local governments.
Recall that INEC declared the result of the September 22nd election inconclusive.
The returning officer of the election, Adeola Fuwape in an address on Sunday, September 23, said based on the outcome of the result which ended with a slim margin between the two leading parties, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, the election was inconclusive.
Meanwhile, the APC campaign council for the Osun governorship election has urged the party's to ignore the rantings of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and turn out enmasse to vote for the ruling party.
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In a statement released in Abuja by the chairman of its media committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the council said the threat by the PDP to challenge, in court, INEC's declaration of last Saturday's election as inconclusive is nothing but sheer bravado, especially as the opposition party is afraid of losing the rerun.
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