A group, Osun Progressive Concerned Youths Group has accused the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, foremost billionaire, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola of plan to induce electorate.
This allegation is contained in a statement issued by the group.
The group said the alleged plans by the trio to influence the voting conscience of the electorate through monetary inducement would threaten the peaceful conduct of the electoral process.
The group then called on the people of the state not to allow monetary gifts shape their opinion but that they should look for a candidate with experience, creditable academic records and reputation and vote for him.
“In a video that has gone viral on socialedia, Adeleke stated expressly that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko dangote, who happens to be his family friend from childhood, according to him, has told him not to worry about the coming elections, that he’s bringing millions to support him.”
“However, it should be noted that Money without experience of a subject matter is immaterial, money without necessary wherewithal that includes private and public experience in administration, feasible manifesto, traceable academic records to mention, but few. in fact, at this juncture, we won’t be wrong to say — Some people are poor, all they have is money.”
“It’s laughable to see a gubernatorial aspirant in the state of osun – Sen. Demola Adeleke, to flaunt his wealth all in the name of political victory, even mentioning names of important and respected dignitaries in the society, with these personalities promising him huge sum of money, the question however is, Is Alhaji Aliko Dangote supporting this man with a questionable character, untraceable academic records and intimidating the whole state in it’s capacity because of money?”
“Furthermore, if the claim of Sen. Demola Adekeke by mentioning the names of such individuals is found to be baseless and false, such statement is considered under the law as defamatory in form of Slander, which is punishable under the law, because anything that will dent the image of a person that will affect him in his profession, calling, market or his calling is deemed defamatory as decided in the case of _Atoyebi v Odudu_”
“The state of Osun needs a learned personality, a man of intellectualism over mediocrity, a man of unquestionable and unimpeachable character to be in charge of the affairs of the state, as against a cheat and an uncertified literate that believes politics is mainly about money. Indeed money is something, but never everything.”