There is a heavy security presence in Osogbo as APC, PDP, Labour Party and other political parties make final preparations to win the Osun governorship seat billed for Saturday.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola, APC candidate in the election, is seeking re-election and hopes to beat major contenders like PDP’s Ademola Adeleke and Labour Party’s Yusuf Lasun.
Police operatives were seen on Friday at strategic places along with military armoured personnel carrier patrolling the town. The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) operatives were also on the ground, including the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) men, controlling the influx of vehicles in and out of the town.
The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) located along Gbongan/Osogbo road was heavily manned by security operatives.
The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, had announced 21,000 police personnel would be deployed for the governorship election.
Mr Baba stated this in Osogbo at INEC’s ‘Osun 2022 Governorship Election Stakeholders’ Meeting’.
The police chief, however, said the deployment was not to intimidate residents but to prevent miscreants from hijacking or disrupting the election process.