Of Lateef Dada, Osogbo and Molly Kilete, Abuja
Five Yesterday, Osun State gubernatorial candidates spoke about their plans to improve state security, revive the economy and others if elected on July 16.
The candidates, who were featured on Channels Television, included Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Ademola Adeleke of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Akin Ogunbiyi of the Accord Party (AP), Lasun Yusuf of the Labor Party (LP) and Goke Omigbodun of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Ogunbiyi said he was seeking the job because of his success in his business, saying, “I am the Awolowo of this era. I will create 100,000 jobs.
He told the other candidates to stand down for him, saying, “I will collaborate with all the security officers and recruit more Amotekun. I will not allow the Amotekun to carry weapons. All Kabiesis will have an Amotekun to guide them.
Governor Oyetola said he remains the best candidate because of his more than 30 years of experience in the private sector and 12 years in the public sector.
On security, Oyetola said, “We have the joint task force that deals with armed robbery, kidnapping and banditry. Our collaboration with Amotekun has been effective.
“There was a helicopter but it broke down and the cost of repairing it is huge. It will cost around $300,000. The address can be given to anyone who wants to see it in Port-Harcourt.
Amotekun had been very efficient. They collaborate with hunters to go into the bush and pursue the kidnappers.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf, said he remains the most qualified as he held one of the highest positions in Nigeria.
“I will develop a strong community development association that will work with Amotekun and gather intelligent information.
Senator Adeleke said he would provide police with equipment and gadgets and work with traditional leaders to resuscitate neighborhood watch.
Furthermore, Omigbodun promised to incorporate vigilantes in making laws to make it effective, saying, “we can use drones for intelligence gathering.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the deployment to Osun of the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.
DIG Kokumo, DIG Supervisor for the Southwest Geopolitical Zone, is to be assisted by four Deputy Inspectors General of Police, four Commissioners of Police, 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police and 30 Deputy Commissioners of Police.
Force Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said the IGP has also ordered the deployment of adequate police personnel in the ranks of Chief Superintendents of Police and below to ensure a crisis-free election. He also said that the IGP should address stakeholders during the Osun elections on July 12 in Osogbo.