- Governor Ayodele Fayose has aired his views on how the Osun rerun governorship election went off
- Fayose alleged that the entire exercise was manipulated by the INEC and rejected the outcome of the election
- He urged PDP supporters to avoid taking laws into their hands
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has referred to the just concluded Osun rerun governorship election as a shameful exercise.
Fayose in a statement said that democracy is now dead in Nigeria. In a statement by his chief press secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor condemned the conduct as well as outcome of the election, Vanguard reports.
He said: “With what happened in Osun state, democracy is actually dead in Nigeria and we are in critical times. The Osun supplementary elections was just a repeat of what happened in Ekiti state on July 14th. And it is unfortunate that, again, the will of the people has been perverted.
“It was obvious even to the blind that the Osun election, as was the case with Ekiti, was a contest between the PDP and the security agencies supervised by a compromised INEC.”
Fayose added that the university professors also used as returning officers by INEC have, ab initio, been compromised and only serve the interest of those he described as their pay masters.
He said: “Therefore, we want to believe that conscionable Nigerians and the survival of this country as a whole are at the mercy of God and of the judiciary. And if the judiciary fails to rise up to the occasion, Nigerians will be among men the most miserable.”
In his review of earlier polls, the governor alleged that the APC has perfected various forms of what he termed as “rigging plans, beginning with Edo, going forward to Ondo and Ekiti and now Osun state”.
Fayose praised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke for his doggedness throughout the election, saying: “You did not lose but your mandate has only been stolen.”
Fayose decried the violence that occasioned the polls, gave his condolence to families that lost their members during the exercise and admonished PDP supporters to remain law-abiding.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reports that the INEC, in the evening of Thursday, September 27, officially declared Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the Osun governorship election.
The full result was finally declared after a supplementary election in four local government areas of the state where the exercise had been cancelled but later declared to be re-run.
The result was declared following a keenly contested election between him and Adeleke of the PDP.
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