Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to resist every temptation to be used to tamper with the will of the people of Osun State, since they have freely given their mandate to Senator Ademola Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
Atiku who stated this in his reaction to the declaration of INEC that the election was inconclusive, also said “The attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat will be resisted with every legitimate and democratic means at our disposal.”
In what he termed his “Message of Solidarity to Senator Adeleke: Osun As A Precursor to 2019”, the former Vice President, recalled that he was in Osun on Wednesday September 19, 2018 and saw firsthand the love the people of Osun have for Senator Adeleke and the PDP.
“I told our people in Osun that their years of underdevelopment and backwardness will end with the election of Senator Adeleke and the PDP, and I stand by that promise.
“As I said in my statement condemning the police invitation to Senator Ademola Adeleke this past Wednesday, I stand with him and the people of Osun. In good times and bad times, the PDP and I will always be with Senator Adeleke and the good people of Osun.
“I hereby offer Senator Adeleke and the Osun State chapter of the PDP my right hand of fellowship as they work to retrieve their victory, which is already in sight. The vote against APC was overwhelming; the people are not happy with status quo,”he said.
He called on the party members to stand united at this point in time, stressing that PDP secured a simple majority, even with “the ₦16.7 billion that the federal government surreptitiously paid to the incumbent Osun State APC government, and the desperate Tradermoni bait that Vice President Osinbajo dangled at the electorate in Osun.
“This is a testament to the fact that the APC has lost favour all over Nigeria.”
He added that what happened in Osun State is a turning point and that the people have spoken and democracy is safe and as such INEC must do the needful.
“Nigerians need jobs, opportunities and security. Once again, I assure Senator Ademola Adeleke and the people of Osun State that the PDP and I will stand with them to ensure that the victory freely given to Senator Adeleke by the people of Osun State is not taken away from them by people from outside the state,” he noted.
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