Constitutional Provision Osun PDP Is Relying On In Court To Say Election Was Conclusive

 

The Oasis Reporters

September 25, 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) In rejecting in its entirety, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) declaration of the September 22, 2018 Osun State Governorship election as inconclusive, the PDP insists that the process was conclusive and that its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who won a total of 254, 698 votes, is the clear winner and should therefore be immediately declared winner by INEC, “having met the requirements of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“Section 179 (2) (a)(b) of the 1999 Constitution, (as amended), is clear
and very unambiguous in spelling out the conditions for returning a
candidate to the office of governor of a state.

This section states inter-alia, “A candidate for an election to the
office of Governor of a State shall be deemed to have been duly elected
where, there being two or more candidates – (a) he has the highest
number of votes cast at the election; and (b) he has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the State.

The declaration of the election as inconclusive, by INEC is therefore a
sordid robbery of the franchise of the people of Osun State, who participated in the election”, said Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary.

He went on to say that “It is obvious that having failed in their schemes to alter the final results due to the resistance of the people, the APC had to bear pressure on INEC to declare the election inconclusive so as to pave way for the perfection of their manipulative schemes, which the people of Osun state have firmly resisted so far.

Instead of yielding to the evil machination of the APC, INEC should have
summoned the patriotic courage to immune itself and end this needless
controversy by returning the PDP and declare our candidate as the winner.

It is instructive to state that the PDP will no longer accept inconclusive elections as subterfuge by the APC to attain its dubious electoral manipulative schemes in our nation.

The people of Osun state and the entire nation are already aware that the PDP won this election. They have the authentic figures from the polling units and know the candidate the voters prefer.

The people by their votes, have overwhelmingly declared for our
candidate and we are not ready to accept any attempt by anybody to use
any means whatsoever to steal our mandate freely given by the people.

The PDP is for peace, but we will not hesitate to use every force available in a democracy to face any attempt to subvert the will of the people or rig us out in this election.

The PDP therefore charges the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to
avoid the fury of the people by immediately reversing this fraudulent
decision of the Resident Electoral Commissioner and declaring our
candidate the winner of the election. Anything short of this is definitely not acceptable to the PDP and the people of Osun and it is a direct recipe for crisis.

Finally, the PDP cautions INEC and the APC to note that the game is up.
The people of Osun state have decided in favour of the PDP and that has become a fact that can never be altered” concludes the statement.

While the Party prepares for the rerun election in the few affected areas, a team is in court, instituted by a non partisan group asking the judiciary to stop the rerun election on Thursday 27, 2018 and declare Adeleke the outright winner.

In addition to that, legal minds are interpreting the scenario and using laid down precedence in Edo State as test case. Chances are that the All Progressive Congress, APC knows that their stand on the rerun is shaky because the people of Ife in the affected constituencies are said to be men and women of integrity and honour. Those that previously voted for the APC may feel put off by the stand of their party and in protest, cast their votes for the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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