Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Osun PDP Files Petition Against Oyetola’s Election Victory

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State yesterday filed a petition against the victory of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola.

PDP’s candidate in the just concluded Osun governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, filed the petition at the State Election Petition Tribunal against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC.

Osun PDP Chairman Soji Adagunodo and chieftains of the party, including Niyi Owolade, submitted the petition to the tribunal at the State High Court, Osogbo, the state capital.

The opposition is challenging the declaration of Oyetola as the winner of the September 22 election and the September 27 rerun by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The PDP is alleging irregularities during the elections.

Senator Adeleke, has said the case the police reportedly filed against him at an Abuja Federal High Court is to prevent him from retrieving his mandate.

In a statement on Monday by his spokesperson Olawale Rasheed, the PDP candidate said: “The police are in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a plot to implicate me on trumped-up charges as a way of disrupting the commencement of our petitions before the Election Petition Tribunal.

“Their plan was originally to arrest me before the election so that I would not be able to effectively participate in the governorship election, but a court order and interventions stopped the evil agenda. Now that the APC know the game is up and the stolen mandate is about to be retrieved, the party, in collusion with the police, has perfected a fresh plot to distract, harass and intimidate me.

“No amount of intimidation will distract me from my undiluted determination to retrieve the stolen mandate. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the will of Osun people, as expressed at the last poll, is realised.

“Nigerians are aware that the so-called examination case is politically motivated. The public is aware of the many intimidation and attacks I have been subjected to before, during and now, after the election. We stand by the people and we will not surrender their mandate to anti-democratic forces.

“Let me use this medium to reassure the people of Osun State that our lawyers are on top of the situation. All necessary legal actions are being taken to stop these illegalities from standing. We are equally proceeding to begin our legal action to redress the electoral injustice of the last poll.”