- Akin Ogunbiyi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship aspirant in Osun, has called for the cancellation of the just concluded primary in the state
- Ogunbiyi alleged that the election was rigged in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the declared winner, he should be the rightful victor
- He claimed that Adeleke's educational qualification up to school certificate level did not meet up to the basic conditions set by the 1999 constitution and the electoral act
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s aspirant at the governorship primary in Osun state, Akin Ogunbiyi, had asked the party’s leadership to declare him the winner of the polls.
Ogunbiyi claimed that he scored the highest lawful votes cast which was different from the declared results. He also faulted the educational qualification of the winner, Senator Ademola Adeleke, The Nation reports.
Speaking with newsmen on Monday, July 23, in Abuja, Ogunbiyi said that he was at the PDP's national secretariat to question its leadership over the result of the primary.
Ogunbiyi, in a letter of petition addressed to the chairman of the governorship electoral appeal panel of the PDP, said that some 42 voided and 128 unaccounted votes respectively were his, stating that the total votes he got were 1,732.
He said: “I, Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, having polled the highest number of votes in the primary election of July 21, be declared the validly nominated/ elected PDP governorship candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Osun.”
On the grounds on the allegedly faulty process of the polls, Ogunbiyi therefore called for the disqualification of Adeleke as the acclaimed winner. He stated: “Contrary to Section 30, Sub-Section ‘E’ of the Electoral Guidelines for primary election 2018, the total number of delegates accredited was not announced before the commencement of voting.”
He further claimed that the document submitted by Adeleke as evidence of his educational qualification up to school certificate level did not fulfil the fundamental qualification set by the 1999 constitution and the electoral act.
Ogunbiyi said: “The Principal of Muslim Grammar School, Ede, Mr Khalid Abbas, who purportedly signed the Testimonial, had not been posted to the school as at the date indicated on the document. The principal has denied ever issuing or signing it and the denial is very well on record.” He referred to the primary election as “a brotherly and family contest”.
Adeleke, on his part, urged aggrieved aspirants to unite with him and get back the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC). He urged Ogunbiyi to “come on board” and congratulated him for “his hard-fighting team and for running a good and impressive campaign”.
Adeleke said: “It was a brotherly contest in our collective strive to redeem our state. It is, therefore, no gainsaying that we are all winners.
“My emergence as the governorship candidate of our great party marks the beginning of divine liberation of our dear people from repression and oppression.”
Moreover, some supporters Ogunbiyi, protested on Monday, July 24, in Osogbo, the state capital. Funso Babarinde, the leader of the protesters accused Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson, the head of the electoral panel of fraud.
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The protesters alleged that the polls was rigged in favour of Senator Adeleke. Babarinde also said that “many of the ballots marked as void votes” were for Ogunbiyi. They demanded the cancellation of the results announced by the electoral panel, claiming that the manipulation robbed Ogunbiyi of victory.
Some of the supporters of the aggrieved aspirant allegedly said the opposition party would make the election easy for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, if Adeleke was presented as the PDP candidate.
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