The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Osun Election, DIG Joshak Habila has warned those participating in today’s Guber re-run to be more conscious of the activities of some fake election observers parading themselves across the polling units.
The warning came on the heels of the ugly scenario that played out among some election observers late yesterday.
It was gathered that some groups of election observers engaged themselves in a show of shame over largesse allegedly offered to them by a prominent politician in the state.
The observers under the aegis of Coalition of Election Observer Groups, it was learnt exchanged punches and assaulted themselves severely over the sharing formula of the money they allegedly got from the governorship contender.
According to police source ,trouble started around 7:45pm on Wednesday after the observers invited journalists for a press conference ahead of the ongoing governorship rerun.
“At the hall of the Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat in Osogbo, venue of the planned press conference, the observers were said to have started hauling insults on themselves as they exchanged hot altercations on whom should address the media”
While the imbroglio ensued, some observers alleged that one of their leaders shortchanged them.
One of the observers simply identified as Michael, was alleged to have collected the sum of one million naira from a candidate of one of the leading political parties fo the rerun.
They claimed that Michael declared the sum of N500,000 instead of the N1,000000 he allegedly received from the candidate.
To this end, the observers started throwing punches on their leader and others who they perceived hoarded their money.
It took the efforts of the police before normalcy was restored to the venue as the victim was taken to the police clinic for medical treatment.
However, the DIG who was irked by the ugly incident maintained that the police and other security agencies will leave no stone unturned to ensure the peaceful conduct of the ongoing re-run, while adding that anyone caught truncating the peaceful process will be dealt with accordingly.