It Will Be Foolish To Allow This 419 Result To Stand – Adeleke
Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, has promised to retrieve his ‘stolen mandate’ from the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, at the election petition tribunal.
On Thursday, Adeleke explained this while speaking in an interview with journalists shortly before the final figure was announced by the Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Fuwape.
Senator Ademola Adeleke, who spoke through his brother, Dele Adeleke, said he would meet with the party leadership and tribunal would be the next line of action for the candidate and the party to take.
He said, “It will be foolish to allow this 419 result to stand. The party will meet and I believe that the tribunal is the next step to take.
“Adeleke’s mandate cannot be stolen, it will be retrieved. The wish of the people will stand at the end.”
Nevertheless, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the PDP is crying foul over the result of the Osun State governorship rerun election because of the inability of the opposition party to rig the poll.
The APC explained this in a statement issued on Thursday by Kunle Oyatomi, its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osun State.
He stated, “Osun people have spoken. The PDP was unable to manipulate the result this time around, so they are crying foul. We have always known and have made ourselves clear before the election that the PDP had made elaborate arrangements to rig the election through the manipulation of the card readers and it was this process that made them got the votes allocated to them in the first ballot.
“Nobody expected the PDP to even come second. Most people in Osun have the belief that it would be a straight fight between the APC and SDP. But as God would have it, Osun was saved from the vultures.
“We will like the Osun people to understand that the runoff votes went the way it did because the PDP was unable to manipulate the card readers this time around and fortunately the police thwarted their plot of vote-buying and trying to use the PVCs of unsuspecting voters. That was why some of their leaders were arrested. So the PDP should look for other excuses.