- A pro-democracy group known as Osun Progressive Left (OPL) has berated CAN for urging INEC to cancel the Ekiti, Osun governorship polls
- The OPL said that the Christian organisation, by its move, is trying to create more tension in the country
- It also advised the religious body to stay away from political issues
The Osun Progressive Left (OPL) a pro-democracy group, has voiced its worries over the call by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to outrightly cancel both Osun and Ekiti 2018 gubernatorial polls, Vanguard reports.
The convener of the OPL, Wale Adebisi, in a statement said: “We begin to wonder how on earth could an organization like CAN, which is expected to be at the front burner of peacemaking, be making such an inflammatory statement that is capable of heating up the already tensed political situation in both states and Nigeria at large.
“This attempt, in all ramifications, by CAN leadership is to set Nigeria ablaze by canvassing for an annulment of election result that has been announced to the public. It is totally irresponsible for any group to ask for the cancellation of an election without any legal basis.
"The last time we had election annulment was the June 12, 1993, presidential election won by late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola. This wicked act put Nigeria permanent in the reverse for six years until civil democratic rule was returned in 1999.
“In our own opinion, we consider this statement as partisan, self-serving, inciting, ungodly and an attempt to look for unwarranted relevance.
"We advise the Christian Association of Nigeria not to get messed up in the political situation of the country, but rather remain neutral and maintain their non-partisanship position.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Senate president Bukola Saraki, had faulted the declaration by INEC that the Osun governorship election results were inconclusive.
Saraki, in a statement signed by him, and sent to Legit.ng, expressed dismay over the decision by INEC to declare as "inconclusive" an election in which a candidate won the highest number of votes and fulfilled the condition for geographical spread.
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