Confusion as National, Osun State PDP Disagree on Osun Election Result
The national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Osun State chapter of the party yesterday differed on the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election won by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress of Nigeria.
While national leadership of the PDP conceded defeat to Aregbesola who polled 394,684 to defeat his PDP counterpart, Iyiola Omisore, who scored 292,750, the PDP in Osun rejected the election result.
The national leadership of the PDP congratulated Aregbesola and praised the security forces for keeping the peace during the election.
Besides, it commended Omisore for what it described as his impressive outing which it said confirmed that PDP still commanded massive followership in the state.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh.
Metuh had earlier issued a statement in which he merely asked PDP supporters in the state to remain calm.
But in the second statement, Metuh explained that the PDP decided to congratulate the governor in the interest of peace and democracy.
He said, “After a careful appraisal of the overall conduct of the election, the national leadership of the PDP, in spite of perceived anomalies, hereby accepts the results and congratulates Governor Aregbesola for his re-election.
“This is entirely in the interest of the growth of democracy, peace and political stability of the country in line with PDP’s ideology and the visions of our founding fathers.”
Metuh said the PDP also commended Jonathan for “creating the enabling environment for Osun people to freely and peacefully exercise their franchise without rancor or blood-letting.”
While urging the APC to learn from the election and desist from actions and utterances that could create room for violence, Metuh called on Nigerians to mark the trends and make their deductions regarding which party was committed to the survival and growth of democracy in the country.
But in Osogbo, the PDP in Osun State faulted the process that produced Aregbesola, saying some of the figures published in the media were unacceptable to it.
The party said through its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bola Ajao, that it had earlier written a petition to INEC, complaining about the process in some units.
Ajao, who was also an agent of the PDP, said he refused to sign the election results form given to all agents at the INEC office in Osogbo.
He said, “I cannot sign. We cannot accept the outcome of the election. My principal, Iyiola Omisore, knows the next line of action. We will decide what to do. We had earlier written a petition to INEC to establish our complaints.”
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