- Thirty political parties in Osun state want Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party to be declared as the winner of the governorship election in the state
- The parties, which participated in the election, accused INEC of compromise
- They said the decision of the people of Osun state to elect Adeleke as their governor must be respected by INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been accused of conniving with the All Progressives Congress to subvert the wish of the majority of the electorate during the Osun state gubernatorial election.
The INEC was accused by 30 political parties that participated in the election. They made the accusation at a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital, on Wednesday, October 3, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the parties, under the umbrella of Council of Political Parties with Integrity (CPPI), said undue advantage was given to the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, by INEC through unearned votes that were awarded by the latter.
The convener of CPPI, Tajudeen Osunrotimi, said: “The Council of Political Parties with Integrity expresses alarm at the turn of events in the Osun state governorship election, particularly the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to declare the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state inconclusive as well as wrongful conduct of the purported rerun poll.
“It is therefore imperative that the decision of the people of Osun state to elect Senator Ademola Adeleke as their governor must be respected by INEC and the federal government. In the first instance, it is important that we unequivocally condemn INEC even in the September 22 election because it was rigged with the collaboration of INEC.
“We observed that the peaceful conduct of voters at the various units on the election day was subverted by INEC in awarding unearned votes to the ruling All Progressives Congress at the collation stage in the September 22 election as well as the violent conduct during the rerun poll.”
The chairman of Restoration Party, Dr Tosin Odeyemi, said: “The victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke was fraudulently upturned to favour Oyetola. Where is the power in our PVC? We will not accept this. If something is not done in seven days, we in other political parties will come together and show our strength.
“We all have our candidates but Ademola Adeleke won and he should be declared the winner. I speak on behalf of over 30 political parties that contested the election that the election was rigged to favour the APC candidate. We want the votes of the people to speak.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the evening of Thursday, September 27, officially declared Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Osun governorship election.
The full result was finally declared after a supplementary election in four local government areas of the state where the exercise had been cancelled but later declared to be rerun.
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