In a meeting with Governor Aregbesola in Oshogbo , the coordinator of the EU’s election monitoring group, Mr Paul Edwards, asked that the governor use the courts to seek redress. The EU’s parley with the governor took place at Government House, Oshogbo, the capital of Osun State on Sunday.
Mr. Aregbesola had accused the security agents, who were deployed by the Federal Government, of reckless acts and the unwarranted use of force. The governor told the EU delegates that security agents had arbitrarily and unjustifiably arrested top officials of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the last few days preceding the election.
In response to the complaints, the EU delegation said:
“Let us always use the legal method to stop the impunity used by one unit of government against the other,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that it was “through this option that we can deepen democratic institutions.”
Mr. Edwards implored Mr. Aregbesola to “rely on the instrumentality of the law” to pursue remedies for all the violation of rights suffered by members of the APC in the hands of forces controlled by the Presidency.
Mr. Edwards assured the governor that, if he sent his complaints formally, the EU would “take note of it and act accordingly within the framework of law.”
According to Gov Aregbesola, “There was a deliberate attempt at muzzling the people voice through votes.” He warned that, “We must prevent the Federal Government from the recurring culture of arbitrarily invading the territory of a unit within the federal structure. This is an abuse of power.”