PDP’s candidate at the Osun State gubernatorial elections, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has admitted being afraid of facing Governor Rauf Aregbesola in a public debate because the governor could physically hurt him.
Omisore revealed this stunning detail in a recent interview in Osogbo after Aregbesola challenged the Senator to come out and debate him.
Omisore admitted he was equally ready for the debate, but he needs assurance he won’t be hurt by one of Aregbesola’s state boys, as the thugs have allegedly being raised by the APC man.
Omisore said: “How can I be afraid of engaging him in a debate? But when argument is being drawn between two unequal parties, the weaker of the two may result to physical assault and harassment. We don’t want this to happen.
“Aregbesola has not hidden the fact that he has personal hatred for me and people tell me all sorts of lies he fabricates to disparage me. You don’t expect more than that from a barely literate politician like him.
“You remember that Aregbesola presented O’level to INEC. So we need an assurance that Ogbeni will not resort to assault if he is confronted with hard facts with evidence.
“Once we are assured that decorum will be allowed and that our safety is guaranteed, I am ready for the debate.
“Ogbeni Aregbesola has state boys, a group he is rearing and going to participate in a debate with violent people with array of thugs will be too much of a risk to take for us.”
Omisore also said that the APC government was corrupt and was giving out contracts without following due process, failing to honour the provisions of the Procurement Act.
He said: “Transparency and accountability are very important in governance. You are put in office based on the trust of the people. But as soon as the APC government came on board, Aregbesola scrapped due process. Now, there is no way you can track down government expenses.”