The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has rejected the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Oyo Central senatorial district, Ibadan North federal constituency, and Ibarapa North and Central federal constituency, maintaining that its candidates won the elections in those areas.
The party at a news conference addressed in Ibadan yesterday, said its governorship candidate in the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde, had vowed that the party would reclaim the mandate freely given to his party by the people of the state.
Senator Teslim Folarin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the Oyo Central Senatorial election.
According to the party, “For the avoidance of doubt, we will pursue forcefully within the ambit of the law, our mandate in Oyo central senatorial district where there was a clear case of miscarriage of justice and the senatorial seat was shamefully given to someone else.
“Ditto for Ibarapa North and central federal constituency where our candidate won the election fair and square only for it to be declared inconclusive, a remedy is surely on the way.”
The party assured that it would also use “all legitimate and legal means to claim Ibadan North federal constituency where we also won majority of the votes but were denied for reasons that could not stand democratic ideals and processes.”
It commended the people of the state, especially the people of Oyo South senatorial district for trooping out in large numbers and for displaying “uncommon bravery.”
“Last Saturday, a land mark historical event occurred in Oyo south senatorial district. Despite intimidation, naked use of executive power and obscene deployment of billions of government money, our people decided to stay on the path of honour, they shunned raw and brutal enticement and voted for the choice of their conviction.
“They told Governor Abiola Ajimobi that though they are poor materially, but no tyrant can take away their pride and self- esteem. Only a people galvanised by the truth and propelled by what is just can perform such heroics. That is exactly what you have done and I doff my hat,” it said.
It sympathised with the victims of political thuggery and condoled with the family of Monsuru Amusa, who was killed in Kudeti during last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.