The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday in Abuja urged its campaign committee to do everything within the law to win the September 22 governorship election in Osun.
National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, gave the charge when he inaugurated the party’s National Campaign Committee for the election.
The committee has President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, as chairman.
Secondus said that members of the committee were carefully nominated because of the importance of Osun to the PDP.
He said that PDP believed that its candidate was the best for the state, and assured that it would not allow itself to be rigged out in the election.
He said: “We will not allow vote-buying in Osun because that is rigging and rigging is corruption.
“I believe that the international community is watching and all eyes are on this nation.”
Secondus advised security agencies not to allow themselves to be used, reminding them that they had sworn to uphold the Constitution, not an individual or politician.
He urged them to the loyal to Nigerians, the Constitution and the electoral process and law.
He also called on all stakeholders to rise and condemn rigging, vote-buying and intimidation in elections by security agencies.
Secondus said that the committee had the responsibility to augment all activities of campaign and reach out to all the critical stakeholders.
He said: “It should mobilise all our people in all the local government areas of Osun, and to do everything necessary within the law for us to win the state.’’
In his response, Saraki promised that the committee would ensure that the PDP won the Osun poll.
He said that the election was important because PDP had lost two governorship elections in the South-West – Ekiti and Ondo.
He said: “We must win Osun to prove that Osun is the home ground of the PDP. This is a state where salaries are not being paid.”
Saraki said that winning the Osun poll was not just about the state but to also serve as a momentum for the 2019 general elections.
He expressed hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would live up to his promise to world leaders that the 2019 elections would be free and fair.
According to him, the issue of free and fair elections is important as Nigeria’s reputation was at stake, with the crude use of force by security agencies during elections.