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Adeleke rejects Osun rerun election results
Although the results have not been officially announced by electoral body, INEC, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke has berated the rerun election held today in Osun state.
Adeleke accused the All Progressives Party (APC) of conspiring with INEC to mar the election process in the latter’s favour. He told journalists in his residence, “This is not a free and fair election. Osun state is under siege; we are at war in Osun. They didn’t allow my party to vote”.
In a statement later released by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the Senator said, “We report to the whole world the brazen theft and daylight swindling of Osun people who were criminally denied their rights to vote and be voted for by an anti-people conspiracy among INEC, security agencies and the ruling All Progressive Congress. An unprecedented travesty of justice and the shattering of democratic values are ongoing in Osun state.
“The whole world is witnessing a charade in the name of an election, a deliberate effort at the imposition of a discredited leadership on the suffering people of Osun State through undisguised brutal force, applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of electoral process were violated.
“Voters are deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points. Those allowed to voting centres are forced to vote for APC.PDP party agents are arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres. PDP agents are barred from many units. Roads are blocked to stop voters and observers.
‘Journalists and election monitors are blocked from accessing many voting areas. Those who attempted gaining access are attacked by hooded thugs.PDP leaders are hounded and arrested. It was a brutal unleashing of force against unarmed election stakeholders.”
Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter users are reacting to the conduct of the election:
People are being prevented from accessing polling units in Orolu LGA of Osun State in #OsunReRun. This man says thugs loyal to the APC have barricaded major roads into the village & are preventing voters from accessing the polling units#OsunDecides2018 pic.twitter.com/fffOiNHaH5
— Igala_King (@I_Am_Ilemona) September 27, 2018
3 years under APC has been a scary revelation.
The Nigeria Police fights APC political opponents
Nigeria army fights for APC
EFCC fights APC political opponents
CBN funds APC and fights its enemies
INEC rigs elections for APC
Nigeria’s democracy ended in 2015! #OsunRerun
— Kelvin Odanz (@Kelvin_Odanz) September 27, 2018
Police and Army prevent PDP agents from watching polling booths.APC thugs threaten and beat PDP voters.Journalists and election observers prevented from monitoring process.APC openly bribing voters with 100,000 naira. Is this an election? #OsunDecides2018 #OsunReRun #OsunDecides
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) September 27, 2018
If you are a Youth and you are planning to vote for APC and Buhari next year.
— S.F. Adebayo 🇳🇬 (@Sam_Debayo) September 27, 2018
This rare street hawker made it to a global platform
He went viral on Nigerian social media because of his rare act of kindness, then Humans of New York found him:
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Shortly after arriving in Lagos, my guide showed me a story that was being passed around Nigerian social media. There was a woman who’d been stopped in traffic behind a crowded prison truck, and she witnessed a food vendor running alongside, shoving his food between the bars of the window– into the hands of the prisoners inside. By the time he was finished, he’d given away all his food. The man was himself in desperate circumstances. He was sleeping outdoors. But despite having hardly anything to give, he gave away all his merchandise. Amazingly, my guide Kola was able to locate the man. His name is Ibere Ugochukwu. And this is his story. – – “A few years ago I worked as an apprentice in a cosmetics shop. I was supposed to receive a payment at the end of my term. But I was warned by the other employees that the owner would find a reason not to pay me. He’d always invent reasons to fire his boys right before their payment. So I made the decision to quit. But when I told him, he dragged me to the police. He told them lies about me. He told them I’d stolen so much money. And they tortured me. They tied my hands and legs and they hung me from the ceiling. They beat me. I went deaf from all the slaps. For ten days I was given no food. My fellow prisoners would share little bits of their meals when they were finished. But some days I saw nothing. Honestly I was about to die. And I started to pray to God. And on the tenth day, the guards decided that it would cause too much trouble to let me die. They told my employer: ‘After what we did to him, he must be innocent. Because he’d have confessed if he was guilty.” They released me into the world like a madman. And I’ve carried the memory ever since. I promised myself that if I ever found someone in a similar situation, I would help. So when I learned that prisoners pass down this road, I chose to hawk in this location. I waited until I finally saw the truck, and I pushed all my food through the bars. My fellow vendors couldn’t believe it. They asked me who would pay me for the food. I told them: ‘I didn’t do it for any man. I did it because of what God did for me.’” (Lagos, Nigeria)