The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, gave out 66,000 litres of kerosene to residents of Osun State.
According to Mr. Samson Onasile, the Managing Director of Omoilu Foundation who spoke in Ede on Sunday, Kashamu’s organisation made this gesture not to induce voters but to assist the people.
Onasile underlined that the group was not involved in any fraudulent activity which could disenfranchise voters in Osun State contrary to the claim of the ruling APC (All Progressives Congress), adding that an additional 66,000 litres of kerosene would arrive in Osogbo this week for distribution.
“The kegs for the kerosene is branded PDP of course and the chairman is a leader of the PDP and would work for the interest of the party,” he said.
Onasile said: “The Omoilu Foundation gave out 750 vehicles and 1,000 motorcycles in 2006. The chairman (Kashamu) at times distributes recharge cards to members without asking them to do anything for him.
“Before you are registered as a member of the foundation, you are requested to obtain a form and we get your data. We ask them to come with their voter cards to know that they registered.”
According to Onasile, they “have registered 140,000 members for Omoilu Foundation in Osun State as of today and many are still obtaining their forms.”
“We encourage them to register so that they would be able to vote and we ask them to bring their cards to know that they truly registered and got their cards,” he added.
Onasile stated that Omoilu Foundation is not an occult group like some politicians are saying. “We are interested in the welfare of our members,” he said.
It will be recalled that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has asked the people of the state to shun registering with the foundation while claiming the group was an occult one.
The Director, Communication Research and Strategy, Osun APC, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, described the distribution of kerosene as a ploy to hoodwink the citizenry. “Why do you need to collect people’s voters’ cards if not for fraudulent purposes?” Oyatomi said.