The All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council for the 2018 Osun governorship has slammed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare its candidate, Ademola Adeleke winner of the poll.
AN24 had reported earlier that INEC fixed September 27 for Osun State governorship election rerun. The decision came after the Commission declared Saturday’s poll as inconclusive.
Announcing the results at the INEC collation centre in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, the Returning Officer of the Commission, Professor Adeola Fuwape, said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored 254,698 votes while ruling All Progressives Party (APC) scored 254,345 votes.
Reacting to the declaration in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the process was conclusive and that its candidate, Senator Adeleke was in the clear lead and should be immediately declared the winner by INEC, having met the requirements of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
However, APC Campaign Council in a statement issued on Monday by its Chairman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and sent to AN24, described as “excessive grand standing the call by the PDP for INEC to declare its candidate in the polls as the winner”.
Read the statement below:
The APC Campaign Council for the 2018 Osun Governorship Election has described as excessive grand standing the call by the PDP for INEC to declare its candidate in the polls as the winner.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, the Chairman of the Council’s Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, decried the PDP’s descent into hysteria after INEC announced that the election was inconclusive, saying this reinforced the Council’s earlier statement that the opposition party was in the panic mode prior to the election, and that it had no confidence in the institutions saddled with organizing the polls.
The Council said rather than resort to threats, the PDP could either go to court or decide not to participate in the supplementary election of Sept. 27th.
What the PDP cannot and must not do, the Council said, is to engage in its trade-mark brigandage or to employ tactics that can short-circuit the democratic process.
”In its time, there would have been no room for a supplementary election in Osun because the PDP would have used state institutions to hijack the election proper, as it did in Ekiti in 2014. But in its deafening hysteria, the PDP pretends not to understand the real meaning of the outcome of the Osun election: That the ruling APC did nothing to prevent the state institutions that organized the election from carrying out their duties, in the spirit of true democracy.
”Local and foreign observers have hailed INEC and the security agencies for a well-organized election. We join them in this commendation. Our confidence in the ability of the relevant state institutions involved in the Osun election remains unshaken. So also is our belief that every disagreement resulting from the election must be resolved through the democratic process, rather than a resort to threats of fire and brimstone,” the Council said.
It described as selective amnesia the jaundiced analysis by compromised, pay-as-you-go analysts, party hacks and renowned professional riggers masquerading as democrats who pretend not to remember that the APC was leading the PDP massively (by over 40,000 votes) in the 2015 Kogi governorship election when INEC declared the election inconclusive.
”Rather than resort to threats, like the PDP is doing now, the APC simply submitted to the democratic process and the supplementary election was peacefully conducted in 91 polling units across 18 of the 21 local governments in the state. Where were these emergency, ready-for-hire analysts then?” the Council queried.
It commended the good people of Osun State for deepening the nation’s democracy by eschewing violence and exercising their franchise in orderly manner all through the election process last Saturday, and urged voters in the areas to be covered by the supplementary election to also ensure a peaceful process on Thursday.