Osun Election: Omisore Heads for Tribunal
The defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the August 9 election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday disclosed that he was not satisfied with the result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He added that he would file his petition at the tribunal today.
This came as the Legal Adviser of the state chapter of the PDP Mr. John Abolarinwa Abidoye, yesterday defected to the All Progressives Party (APC).
In a press statement issued yesterday and made available to THISDAY by his spokesman, Mr. Victor Oriola, Omisore noted: “We have decided to challenge this brazen attempt to subvert the wishes of the electorate who came out to support our Rescue Mission Campaign and gubernatorial candidate of the Osun State PDP at the tribunal as provided for by the constitution and electoral law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
It added that it was mindful of the “investment in deceit-driven propaganda unleashed on the citizens by the APC to distract attention from how the alleged electoral heist was perpetrated.”
The party vowed to “ensure that scientific rigging of elections” in Osun and the country were “both exposed and reversed.”
It stated: “Our legal team will reveal shocking graphic details of pre-election rigging led by the leadership of the APC, who had directed that all its officers relocate to Osun State before the election in addition to the subversive roles these ubiquitous officials played in the elections as they compromised some of the INEC officials.
“On account of these and many other damning revelations, we affirm that the announced outcomes of the August 9, 2014 gubernatorial elections in Osun State are not a true reflection of the votes cast in the election…
“We shall seek to retrieve our stolen mandate that was freely given to our candidate and party, using legal means as provided for by both the constitution and electoral laws.
“We shall continue to provide information to our aggrieved supporters and party members and urge them all to go about their lawful duty without any fear of intimidation.”
It promised that the case would deepen democracy since shocking revelations would be made during the legal battle that would strengthen democracy in the state and Nigeria.
It said it has an abiding faith in God, “who will always make the victory of the unjust pyrrhic and confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of the cheated.”
He opined that Omisore was committed to ensuring that scientific rigging of elections in Osun State, and indeed in Nigeria are both exposed and reversed.
Oriola also noted that Omisore legal team would reveal shocking graphic details of per-election rigging led by the leadership of the APC who had directed that all its officers relocate to Osun State before the election in addition to the subversive roles the ubiquitous officers played in the election as they compromised some INEC officials.
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