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OSUN election a robbery of the highest order, say PDP

Omisore said the outcome of the election did not reflect the wishes of the people of the state, hence his resolve to challenge it at the tribunal.

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, in a statement in Osogbo, yesterday, said the PDP would challenge the results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He said the party had met and resolved that the results of the election be challenged at the tribunal, adding that the legal team of the party under the leadership of Chief Sunday Ojo-Williams met on the development and was already consulting with those that matter.

He described the Saturday’s election as “a robbery of the highest order,” Olaoluwa said the election was characterised by malpractices in many parts of the state, especially Osogbo and Ilesa.

“The PDP in Osun State reject the outcome of the last Saturday’s election in its totality and we are ready to contest it until the peoples mandate, which was stolen is returned,” Olaoluwa stressed.

Omisore, in a statement assured that the wishes of the people of the state would finally come alive as he would challenge the election results.

He said: “I have resolved to continue to provide leadership until Osun State of our dream is realised. Let it be known that our people would no longer be taken for granted as we have opened the floodgate of democratic challenge, which no force on earth can stop.

“I shall be at the forefront as our people keep pressing for the real dividends of democracy and the expansion of the democratic space in our dear state. In the meantime, the party situation office is presently analysing the results of the elections against field reports and we shall be making public our findings and the appropriate steps accordingly.”

According to Omisore, “this is one election that has been hardly fought in every nook and cranny of our state in the last few months. We traversed the length and breadth of Osun with our eight-point agenda to give a new paradigm for governance and lift our people out of the abyss of want and decadence.

“In the course of our campaigns, I saw a people traumatised and fervently hopeful of beneficial change. It did not escape my notice that many of the people in our towns and villages who trooped to campaign grounds bore scars of neglect, extreme poverty and excruciating suffering.

“It was a race we came into mindful of the odds stacked against us. We had a situation where a clearly partisan Resident Electoral Commissioner had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from registration stage through data storage to personnel loading. Though the leadership of INEC eventually took him out of the state weeks to the elections, he had already did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify.”

This came as more groups and individuals commended aregbesola on his victory.

Among those who spoke yesterday were the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji among others.

National Publicity Secretary of IPAC and National Chairman of the Citizens Popular Party, CPP, Chief Sam Eke saluted Aregbesola on his ‘well-deserved victory,’ which he said “is total demonstration of Aregbesola’s over 80 per cent performance, tolerance of all men of different religion and tribes living in the state of Osun, recognition of the people’s power, primacy and his intimacy with all men, women, youth and physically challenged people and finally the ugly lesson APC as a party learnt in Ekiti State.”

Source: Vanguard


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