APC to challenge Saturday’s presidential, NASS elections in Osun
…says poll held under siege
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has that last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections were held under a siege in the state.
Addressing a press conference at the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Office, Osogbo, on Monday, state acting Chairman of the party, Tajudeen Lawal stated that APC was denied level playing ground to canvass for votes before the elections and to exercise their franchise on the election day by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Consequently, the party said it will challenge the results of both the Presidential and National Assembly elections held across the state last Saturday.
Lawal said the party is rejecting the results of the election in some parts of the state, arguing that they were not true reflections of the people’s wish.
Represented by the party’s media spokesperson, Chief Kola Olabisi, Lawal alleged that several members of the APC were maimed, killed, attacked by PDP thugs before and during the elections.
He alleged that the state sponsored thugs chased away members of APC from their voting units in Ikirun, Ila-Orangun, Ile-Ife, Ikire, Ilesa, Okuku, Inisa, Ede, Ipetumodu, Edun-Abon, Ifetedo, Gbongan and others.
He said: “The presidential and National Assembly elections of last Saturday were held under a siege with the PDP hoodlums having a field day across the state to the extent that it would be an impossible Utopia for any political party which is playing by the rules to win the elections against the political vampire called the PDP whose political thugs were ready to shed the blood of any strong-headed APC member or supporter.
“Our bone of contention is that we are challenging the results of both the presidential and National Assembly elections held across Osun State last Saturday.”
Lawal condemned the failure of security agencies, particularly the police, to bring the culprits to book, noting that the PDP political thugs enjoyed the shield of the policemen who, oftentimes, provided cover whenever the hoodlums were perpetrating their attacks on the innocent people whose only sin before them was their membership of the APC.
He cautioned Governor Ademola Adeleke and the PDP to stop insulting the sensibilities of the people with their statements, adding that last Saturday’s elections results cannot confer any advantage on his case at the Court of Appeal.