…we have watertight case, says APC
Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has alleged that former governor Gboyega Oyetola and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) plan to influence the outcome of the verdict of the Governorship Election Tribunal in their favour.
Caretaker chairman of the party in the state, Dr. Adekunle Akindele, in a statement he personally signed, disclosed that credible information revealed that the former governor is struggling to schedule a secret meeting with members of the tribunal for Friday at a closely guarded location.
Akindele said: “The goal of the meeting is to convince the panel members to sway their ruling in favour of the petitioners. The plan is however meeting a brick wall as the judges are reported to have shut the doors against any such meeting, being incorruptible officers of law with hard earned reputation and years of unblemished service.
“Information at our disposal confirms the evil plot to corrupt and hijack the tribunal outcome. The plot has reached an advanced stage. The former governor is running around to get the judges to agree to a meeting for this Friday. But he will not succeed because the judges will not agree to such a meeting. Panel members are men of integrity and good conscience.
“We want to affirm the trust of PDP and Governor Ademola Adeleke in the integrity and incorruptibility of the members of the panel and the Nigerian judiciary as a whole. “We know the panel members, their antecedents and their high sense of equity and fairness. We have no doubt the panel will not succumb to the evil scheming of those who detest democracy and are desperate to upturn the will of the people.”
Meanwhile, APC, in its reaction, said the case of Oyetola at the tribunal is watertight, that he needs not to panic or fear.
Acting chairman of the party, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement to counter the PDP allegation, stated that only a poor student will be jittery at examination results.
Lawal expressed a surprise at the low reasoning and level of demonstrated administrative ineptitude of those saddled with the leadership of the state chapter of PDP for it to be prioritizing diatribes, harangues and tirades in running the affairs of their party and the government.
He said it was a pity that some disgruntled elements could choose to feed the members of the public with fallacy.
Lawal stated that the Osun PDP handlers are only trying to be clever by half by rolling out absolute falsehood in order to justify the imminent failure awaiting them at the tribunal.
He maintained that Oyetola needs not press any button for his victory in all ramifications as it has not been his stock in trade which he could not now copy at his age.
“The members of the public are implored to disregard the mere composition rolled out by the PDP about corner cutting by Oyetola concerning the tribunal as it’s absolute falsehood and a figment of the imagination of those who put it together,” Lawal said.