Having heard the pronouncement of the National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, that the election slated for last week Saturday had been postponed till Monday, a candidate for the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), (name withheld) from Osun Central Constituency feared collapsed, shouting: “I’m finished, my money has gone”.
Investigation has also shown that the three incumbent senators in Osun State have lost about N3.5 billion as a result of the postponement; while Honourable Wole Oke, a member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the PDP single-handedly lost N800 million last Saturday alone.
However, some of the candidates of the opposition party with low deposit in the state have started gnashing their teeth, livid with anger that the election which had consumed their remaining balance was postponed when the time for voting was almost ticked.
OSUN DEFENDER which monitored the elections in one of the Federal constituencies in Osun Central Senatorial District, learnt that the news of the postponement shocked the PDP candidate that he lost control of his emotion, before he feared collapsed.
It was gathered that the candidate was revived by his wife and relatives around him, before he was asked to go and rest inside his house which was not far from the polling booth where he went to cast his vote before he got the news.
However, the wife of the candidate had stressed that his husband had been sick as a result of the stress of his political meetings which, according to her, had taken away most of his nights lately.
In the contrary, OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the candidate almost collapsed because he had lost his deposit committed to the postponed elections, for he was shouting: “I’m finished! My money has gone! Jega has killed me!”
In another development, findings revealed that the three senatorial candidates of the PDP who are battling for their political relevance in the state might have lost close to N3.5 billion last Saturday alone.
According to an insider source, Senator Iyiola Omisore alone lost a deposit of N1.5 billion voted for Ife/Ijesa, his senatorial district.
Investigation revealed that when the lawmaker learnt that there would be no stuffing of ballot boxes, and that intimidation of voters might not work, he allegedly released N500 million for Ife-Central, N350 million for Ife-South, N100 million for Area Office in Modakeke and N200 million for Ife-North.
Besides, his handlers were reported to have got N400 million from him to complement funds voted for Ijesaland by Honourable Wole Oke, a House of Representatives’ candidate for Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency.
Findings revealed that Omisore’s handlers had earlier stormed polling booths with a view to harvesting voters who would come for accreditation and voting proper by dangling N2,000 per vote at a safe distance.
Checks also showed that Omisore gave his money to his loyalists in Ile-Ife and Ijesaland with a mandate that the money should be used to purchase enough votes that could return him to the Senate; while thugs were allegedly recruited to disrupt centres that could prove hostile to his ambition.
Also, it was gathered that the people in Ife villages were threatened by some chiefs recruited by Omisore to either vote for him, or lose their farms; while residents of Ifetedo and Ilare were treated to horror film throughout the night of Friday preceding the postponed election.
Investigation revealed that Senator Isiaka Adeleke might have lost close to N800 million voted for Egbedore, Ejigbo and Ola-Oluwa Local government council areas, aside from funds made available as mobilization to some selected PDP leaders in Osun-West Senatorial distrcict.
It was gathered that Adeleke refused to be dragged into spending hugely, for he was said to have expressed fear that the popularity of Governor Rauf Aregbesola might clip the wing of the PDP in the senatorial district.
Checks further showed that the ousted governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was the least of the spenders, having found out that he might not make huge electoral gain from it after the elections, claiming that he was only praying that President Goodluck Jonathan wins, so that he could be given an appointment at the top.
Findings however revealed that Wole Oke gave the election a good fight with his money last Saturday before it was postponed, for he had already raised the stake to one vote for N5,000 in his constituency. It was learnt that Oke could not have lost nothing less than N1.2 billion in the process.