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Monday, September 24, 2018

PDP would have rigged election if in power – Lai Mohammed says

PDP would have rigged election if in power – Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Campaign Council for the 2018
Osun governorship election has condemned in strong terms the call by the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, to declare its candidate in the poll, Ademola Adeleke,
as the winner.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, the Chairman of the
Council’s Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said had it been
during the PDP regime, there would have been no room for rerun election
because the party would have used state institutions to hijack the
election as it allegedly did in 2014 in Ekiti.

Mohammed maintained the Council’s earlier statement that the PDP was
in the panic mode prior to the election and that the main opposition
party had no confidence in the institutions saddled with organising the

The candidate of the PDP in the September 22 election, Senator
Ademola Adeleke, had over 300 more votes than the APC candidate, Gboyega

The PDP had argued that Adeleke met the constitutional requirement to be declared the winner of the election by INEC

Mohammed said rather than resort to threats, the opposition could
either go to court or decide not to participate in the supplementary
election slated for Thursday.

He said what the PDP cannot and must not do was to engage in its
alleged trade-mark brigandage, or employ tactics that can short-circuit
the democratic process.

He said, ”In its time, there would have been no room for a
supplementary election in Osun because the PDP would have used state
institutions to hijack the election proper, as it did in Ekiti in 2014.

“But in its deafening hysteria, the PDP pretends not to understand
the real meaning of the outcome of the Osun election: That the ruling
APC did nothing to prevent the state institutions that organised the
election from carrying out their duties, in the spirit of true

”Local and foreign observers have hailed INEC and the security
agencies for a well-organised election. We join them in this

“Our confidence in the ability of the relevant state institutions
involved in the Osun election remains unshaken. So also is our belief
that every disagreement resulting from the election must be resolved
through the democratic process, rather than a resort to threats of fire
and brimstone.

”Rather than resort to threats, like the PDP is doing now, the APC
simply submitted to the democratic process and the supplementary
election was peacefully conducted in 91 polling units across 18 of the
21 local governments in the state.

“Where were these emergency, ready-for-hire analysts then?”
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