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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Osun, Ekiti Elections Clearly Rigged, PDP Says As They Warn President Buhari To Leave Fayose

In a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s stakeholders meeting in Ibadan, The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West zone yesterday, October 1 expressed their disappointment in the Buhari-led administration saying it is a Government where votes does not count.

They insisted elections were rigged in Osun and Ekiti States while they encouraged their candidates to head to court. The PDP leaders also condemned what they call the intention of the government to victimize Ayo Fayose in few weeks time as he leaves office saying they will stand by him and called the alleged attitude cheap and very pedestrian.

At the meeting were Chief Olabode George; the national vice chairman (South-West), Eddy Olafeso; Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Olusola Eleka; Deputy Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi; and the Zonal Secretary, Bunmi Jenyo.


The communiqué read, “We take with a serious view the recent Osun State governorship election, and note sadly that it was grossly compromised, neither free nor fair but an outright stealing of PDP’s victory as given freely by the people of the state to our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke. We declare our disappointment in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for his inability to preside over a nation where votes must count.

“We also give due cognisance to the earlier conducted Ekiti State election and the serious assault and battery of the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, the conduct of the election itself, the massive vote-buying that characterised it, the vote stealing and compromised posture of INEC, hence, reject the election result as it does not represent the electoral desire of the people.

“Therefore, we support our candidates in the two aforementioned elections in Osun and Ekiti states to take concrete legal actions to recover their mandates from the roguish APC that is now becoming notorious for election rigging.

“We also note that Governor Fayose’s tenure comes to an end in a couple of weeks from now. Therefore, we wish him well in his future endeavours. We, however, observe that the Buhari administration has clearly indicated its desire to intimidate and harass him. This attitude is cheap and very pedestrian. We declare our solidarity with Governor Fayose and promise to stand firm in his support in the event of the prosecution of petty vendetta against his person.”

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