By Olusegun Emmanuel, from Osogbo.
The winner of governorship election in Osun state, Mr. Raufu Aregbesola said that the just concluded election revealed that democracy is still gravely endangered in Nigeria.
Aregbesola in his acceptance expressed dissatisfaction with arrest of members of All Progressive Party(APC) by security agencies.
The elected governor slammed Federal government saying security agencies were unprofessionally utilized during the just concluded election.
He said”Ordinarily, this should be a moment of joy and celebration consequent upon the hard earned triumph of the people’s will. However, this election shows that democracy is still gravely endangered in Nigeria. We witnessed gross abuse of power and, of due process before, during, and even after the actual voting process.
” It is so sad and unfortunate that what should be a normal, routine process was maliciously allowed to snowball in to a needless virtual war by the Federal Government and the PDP.
“Osun state was unduly militarized in an unprecedented manner through criminal intimidation and psychological assault on our people. This election witnessed an abuse of our security agencies and amounted to a corruption of their professional ethics and integrity.
“The security agencies were unprofessionally utilized in Osun state to harass, intimidate and oppress the people whose taxes are used to pay their salaries and provide their arms. Hundreds of leaders, supporters, sympathizers and agents of our party were arrested and detained.
” Also, hundreds of other innocent citizens including women and the aged were harassed, brutalized and traumatized. In spite of this condemnable repression and abuse of human rights, the unflagging spirit of our people triumphed.”