Former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Atona Oodua of Yorubaland, Chief Olabode George, has said that the people of Osun State have spoken with their votes in last Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
Chief George was reacting to the declaration of the Osun gubernatorial election inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, due to the fact that the margin between the winner and the runner up in the election, 353 votes, were far below the number of cancelled votes, 3,498 votes.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, George said, “In a free and fair democratic process, the people of Osun chose Senator Ademola Adeleke as the next governor to preside over their affairs for the next four years.
“It was a clear, unambiguous victory well earned by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. Senator Adeleke was the people’s choice. Mr Gboyega Oyetola, the APC Candidate was defeated regardless of the narrow margin.
“It is rather disturbing for the INEC to now concoct an unnecessary stalemate. Cancelled votes remain cancelled, removed from the total votes. Where then did they manufacture a so called inconclusive election?”
George added that the INEC decision “has no bearing with our electoral law,” describing it as “a blatant fraud which may trigger a dangerous recourse for our democracy.”
He added that Adeleke fulfilled all the necessary electoral requirements for his well-deserved victory, saying that there is no extant electoral stipulation for a so called “rerun farcical dramatisation.”
He concluded, “INEC must as a matter of justice, fairness and the codification of the rule of law and constitutional primacy declare Senator Adeleke as the rightful winner. The will of the people must prevail. We must not conflagrate this nation.
“The dark experience of 1963 that reverberated across the South West and that eventually consumed our nation began with this similar attempt to thwart the will of the people. This nation must never go through this road again. The whole world is watching. We must not set this country ablaze.
The agents of doom and destruction must never prevail.”
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