- No fewer than 20 political parties have agreed to support the APC for the Osun rerun
- The parties said it was due to the integrity of Oyetola
- The political parties urged their members to come out and vote
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has received a boost ahead of the Osun rerun gubernatorial election as 20 political parties declared support for its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
The Nation reports that the political parties said their decision was based on Oyetola’s integrity.
Adesoji Masilo addressed a news conference on behalf of Alliance for Cooperating Political Parties (ACPP), comprising Advanced Democratic Congress, National Conscience Party and People for Democratic Change.
Masilo said his “African People’s Alliance polled over 2,000 votes at Saturday’s inconclusive poll”, adding that over “20 political parties decided to support APC owing to the party’s progressive spirit.”
He said the APC has shown that it is capable of developing Osun state and called on members to actively support Oyetola.
Masilo also decried vote buying in the Saturday election and called on members to desist.
Meanwhile, the United States has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring the Osun gubernatorial election inconclusive and ordering a rerun election.
Vanguard reports that David Young who is the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Nigeria spoke in Kaduna where he said the rerun would enhance democracy.
He said: “Certainly the decision of INEC to go ahead and have a rerun in seven polling unit is one that we respect given the fact that there was only 355 vote margin between the two candidates.
"Certainly this is a decision that make sense; we want to say that its important for democracy that every person vote is secret and counted as we go forward with the vote tomorrow.”
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He commended Osun state people for being peaceful and called thrm to replicate the same in the rerun.
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