The APC Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship Election has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of looking desperately for short cut to victory which it lost in the last Saturday’s inconclusive Osun State governorship election.
The Chairman of the APC Campaign Council Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who, in a statement today, Tuesday, asked members of the party in the areas where the state’s election rerun will be held on Thursday to ignore what he called ‘the ranting of the PDP’ and turn out en-masse to vote for the ruling party, said that if the PDP chose to boycott Thursday’s rerun out of fear, the party’s right to do so will be respected.
”The PDP, after its failed mission to win Saturday’s election at all cost, is shopping for an illegal shortcut to victory by threatening a court action over an issue that has been settled. It’s a sheer waste of time. Let the PDP drop its pretension and get ready to be defeated in Thursday’s rerun. Alternatively, it can withdraw to save face.”
Lai Mohammed said that the threat by the PDP to challenge, in court, INEC’s declaration of last Saturday’s election as inconclusive is nothing but sheer bravado, especially as the opposition party is afraid of losing the rerun.
He said that the PDP may also have contrived the court threat as a way of distracting the APC and its members ahead of the rerun, calling that distraction strategy dead on arrival.
”The PDP knows that the so-called court challenge which it has threatened to mount will not fly, especially because the highest court in the land has already pronounced on the issue of whether or not INEC has the powers to declare an election inconclusive.
”The PDP is not unaware of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the case of James Abiodun Faleke Vs INEC and others, that INEC has the duty of conducting elections and that, besides the constitutional provisions, it is guided by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Election Guidelines and Manual issued for its officials in accordance with the Act.”