Omisore Writes Protest Letter to INEC Against Election Results…APC Reacts Swiftly
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in saturday’s governoship election in Osun state, Senator Iyiola Omisore last night protested the alleged announcement of the result by the All Progressives Congress APC.
In the letter of protest personally signed by Senator Omisore and addressed to the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, the PDP candidate alleged that contrary to the results being circulated around by the APC, he was actually leading in the poll.
The letter reads in part:” I hereby condemn the APC candidate , Raufu Aregbesola declaring his own version of the results without recourse to INEC. With the facts of results, its apparent that the PDP candidate , Dr. Iyiola Omisore is leading”.
“This act of APC is in conflict with the provisions of Electoral Law 2010 whereby a candidate can concoct figures and released to confuse the public thus make this election inconclusive until facts behind the figures are released by the INEC”.
” The peace and stability of this state is such under an unprecedented threat . The results so far by APC remained cancelled”.
In a swift reaction, the APC responded to the petition of the PDP candidate.
According to the APC, Omisore was trying to prepare ground for the perversion of the result.
” The claim by the PDP that the APC has been declaring fake results and directing its members to commence celebrations across the state defies all logic and reason.
” The Osun state governorship election has been the most publicized, reported and observed in the history of Nigeria.
” The Independent National Electoral Commission responsible for conducting the election is a Federal Government agency.
” In an unprecedented manner, the Federal Government militarized the state for this election deploying thousands of soldiers, policemen, Department of state security agencies among several others for the purpose of this election.
” The APC does not control any of these security agencies. Many of these agents wore no name tags, covered their faces with masks, drove menacingly on highways across the state and shot arbitrarily into the air all in a bid to instill fear into the people. Hundreds of leader of the APC were arrested, intimidated, harassed and molested before and during the election.
” The people of Osun state refused to be intimidated by this abnormal level of militarization. They came out massively throughout the state to cast and defend their votes in favour of their choice. The process was intensively, openly and exhaustively covered by the print and electronic media, the international press, local and international observers.
” In this age of Information technology, it was an election conducted in the full view of the entire world. Voters were accredited accordingly. They cast their votes freely and fairly. The results were counted, recorded and declared at the various polling units throughout the state in accordance with the Electoral Act.
” As the results were announced at the various polling units, the people spontaneously started celebrating across the state. It is obviously comical, unrealistic and unserious to claim that such tumultuous jubilations were induced by the APC. The question is – why couldn’t the PDP induce such spontaneous jubilation if it truly won the election as it claims? It is impossible for anybody to announce fake results which are a departure from the expressed will of the people at the polling units.
” The will of the people has so obviously triumphed in Osun. The PDP cannot change the reality. It is noteworthy that the spokesman of the Iyiola Omisore Organisation, Mr Diran Odeyemi, who issued the statement was defeated in the polling unit where he voted. We warn the PDP against any plan to distort and pervert the will of the people.
” The consequences will be too gruesome to consider. What is critical is that the process must be free, fair, credible and transparent. It has been so thus far. We call on the people of Osun state to remain steadfast and vigilant in defense of their sacred mandate.
” As a party we remain firmly and irrevocably committed to the tenets of democracy, liberty and the rights of the people, ” APC said
Gov. Rauf Aregbesola won the majority of votes in the election as announced by INEC.
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