The Young Peoples Party (YPP) has condemned Osun State governorship rerun election, saying the election was not credible, free, fair and does not reflect what the good people of the state wanted.
In his address during a press conference at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the YPP national publicity secretary, Comr. Egbeola Martins said after a careful assessment of the just concluded Osun governorship rerun election which took place in some selected polling units, it was now clear that democracy like never before was in grave danger after the APC muscled the will of Osun people via ‘’alleged vote buying, intimidation and violence.’’
Martins alleged killings, maiming cum disenfranchisement of voters through intimidation, harassment of journalists and civil society observers in a rerun of not more than seven polling units.
‘’We condemn the Osun rerun election because it was not a credible, free and fair contest and could not have reflected what the good people of Osun wanted, especially on the backdrop of irredeemable poor performance of the incumbent Governor who had placed the entire workforce of the State of Osun on half salaries in the past three and half years and also succeeded in dragging this once competitive State in terms of Education and all round development 20 years backward,’’ he said.
The national publicity secretary also commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Air Staff, family and friends and all Nigerians on the death of Squadron Leader Bello Baba-Ari, the Nigeria Air Force pilot who died in a F-7Ni air crash in Abuja recently.
He also alleged that while the PDP lacked the moral justification to cry foul because it allowed injustice to reign when in government, noting that it is no justification for the APC to continue to reign in impunity.
According to him, ‘’While PDP lacked the moral justification to cry foul because that which they allowed to fester while in power is now hunting them, it is however no justification for the APC to continue this reign of impunity.
‘’We are amazed that the APC has learnt nothing both as opposition in recent past and currently as a ruling party but let us assure APC that just like the voting masses revolted against the PDP in 2015, same fate awaits them in 2019.
‘’Though the governorship election may have had some semblance of credibility, the rerun that saw the APC candidate emerge as winner was a complete sham.
‘’However we appeal for calm and implore all aggrieved parties to fully explore the opportunity availed by the judiciary, which is the only beacon of hope under the current oppression.’’
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