By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has vowed to engage all lawful means to stop the proposed October 15 local government election in the state.
In a statement by its Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Dr. Akindele Adekunle on Monday, the party said it will not fold its hands and watch the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) and the All Progressives Congress-led government to turn the state into lawless entity.
Adekunle stressed that the party will engage all lawful means including mobilising the masses of Osun State to halt the planned local government election.
The Chairman of OSSIEC, Mr. Segun Oladitan had on Monday disclosed that election will be held into all the local governments on October 15.
Adekunle said: “Apparently, the OSSIEC chairman seems adamant in going ahead with the illegal election and as such, we in the PDP will not fold our arms and watch the APC turn our dear state into lawless entity. We will ensure that the sinister and dangerous plan of OSSIEC that has become an appendage of the APC does not see the light of the day.
“Already, we have adequately invited the attention of the Inspector-General of Police to the imminent criminality and we are by this release further inviting the police authority to the looming breakdown of peace and order in Osun State in the event OSIEC proves to be above the laws of the land regarding the conduct of the election.
“The illegal election as we have stated recently, is targeted mainly at wasting resources of the state and to cover for some financial infractions by the outgoing APC government.
“For sake of emphasis however, matters concerning conduct of the election are already before competent courts of law and as a law abiding political party, we will rely on the processes enabled by our laws to strengthen the nation’s democracy and enlighten the outgoing APC government to make them come to terms that government activities must not always be premised on crude arrogance and wanton illegality.
“We will ensure that the sinister and dangerous plan of OSIEC that has become an appendage of the APC does not see the light of the day.
“We will engage in all lawful means including mobilising the masses of Osun State, who have entrusted us with the mandate to protect their interest, day-in, day-out, in peaceful protests against the illegal and atrocious plans of OSSIEC against the state.”