- Senator Ademola Adeleke wrote a letter to several diplomatic missions in Nigeria
- The lawmaker claimed his life was under threat
- Adeleke also said he should have been declared governor of Osun state by INEC
Senator Ademola Adeleke who is the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun election has written to the UN and other diplomatic missions in Nigeria, alleging threat to his life.
Vanguard reports that Adeleke in the letter claimed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) worked in alliance with the All Progressives Congress.
Adeleke said he should have been declared governor and claimed there were electoral irregularities. He also claimed some security agencies also clamped down on some of his supporters.
Read the letter below:
“I am constrained to write this letter to intimate you, our diplomatic partners and friends of despotic happenings in Osun governorship polls which I won but for which I was not declared the winner. My life is under threat and leaders of my party are under siege before and after Saturday’s main polls.
“During the campaigns, we were subjected to countless attacks.I escaped about four assassination attempts.Our campaign vehicles were severallly attacked and our rallies disrupted.We went through the pre-election process under constant onslaught from political thugs and merchants of violence.
“Despite the violence prone climate, I still won the election. On live television, our votes were removed and protestations for re-addition of the votes were rejected. “Votes for the ruling party were jerked up and again the electoral umpire refused to correct the arithmetical errors. After all the manipulations which saw about 4000 votes removed from my total votes, I still won by close to 400 votes.
“In a brazen assault on democracy ,the returning officer in open breach of the constitution refused to declare me the winner even after fulfilling constitutional stipulations.The officer erroneously justified declaration of the election as inconclusive based on violence in seven out of about 3000 voting units across the state. It was a travesty of justice that is under challenge in court of law.
“Not satisfied with that rape of democracy, the ruling, APC immediately launched a coordinated manipulation agenda to rig the Thursday supplementary polls.Voters register of affected areas are been doctored, unclaimed voters cards are been shared out; massive vote buying are ongoing; and my supporters are been hounded. Democracy is clearly under threats.
“The agenda of the ruling party is to ensure that votes do not count.The target is to thwart the will of the people. The APC is out to subvert the will of the people ,an action that will have deeply negative impact on the sanctity of the electoral process ahead of 2019 polls.”
He called on the international community to prevail on President Muhammad Buhari to allow votes to count by restoring his mandate.
“We count on you to mount pressure on the ruling party to restore people’s mandate in Osun state. We make this request because Osun state is the cradle of Yoruba people. Denying them their inalienable right to pick their governor is a potent threat to democratic sustainability in Nigeria.Our nascent democracy has been under intense pressure and it is not in our collective interest to deepen the national stress index.
“We seek your intervention to prevent another rigging underway in Osun state. I am the holder of the sacred mandate of Osun people. We need the international community to assist Nigeria to make votes count,” he said.
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Legit.ng had reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) said Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would suffer defeat in the Osun state governorship rerun election even if he was supported by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Iyiola Omisore.
Meanwhile, Adeleke has pled with the people of the state, to not be afraid to vote for him again during the Thursday, September 27 rerun. In a video message, Adeleke expressed gratitude to the electorate for voting for him during the Saturday, September 22 election.
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