Nigeria: APC gives up on Osun as Buhari warns party leaders against influencing INEC
By Adesina Idris
London, September 24, 2018 (AltAfrica)-There are clear indications on Monday that Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressive Congress APC, is willing to admit defeat in the inconclusive gubernatorial election in Osun State, South West Nigeria, Alternativeafrica.com can exclusively report.
While the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP headed for court to challenge the decision of the electoral commission, INEC to pronounce the election inconclusive, the hierarchy of the APC were meeting to plan the next line of action after been told by president Buhari not to pressure or influence INEC concerning the election.
A powerful presidency source told Alternativeafrica.com that president Buhari made his stand crystal clear during a brief telephone conversation with the leadership of the party on Monday where he ordered the party to toe the line of rule of law and allow INEC a free hand to do its job.
The source said “President Buhari told them (party leadership)that he is more concerned about the consequences of breakdown of law and order in the state and ordered the party to prepare for the re-run without any undue interference with the authority of INEC, He also asked them to follow due process of law including court processes should the need arises”
Our source said “the president is to address the UN General Assembly tomorrow (Tuesday), a gathering of every leaders in the world. He wants to tell every one about the progress at home, the rule of law and the democratic rights of every Nigerian, certainly he would not want that to be overshadowed by crisis in Osun. He’s aware that PDP is pushing for crisis to make Osun election an international agenda”
A pointer to President Buhari’s instruction became clearer later on Monday when Information Minister, Lai Mohammed told Journalists at an event at the Lagos International Airport that the Buhari led government deserved commendation and not criticism over the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state.
He echoed the president earlier warning on adherence to rule of law saying the APC will not make complain about the situation because of its belief in the rule of law.
“I think you should, on the contrary, congratulate and commend the Federal Government for being very impartial in the conduct of an election. And for those who are saying, ‘this is probably a sign that PDP would win’, every election is a local matter.”
“If this had happened four years ago, they would have declared victory for the PDP but you can see that this is a government that believes in rule of law and fair play and that is why we submitted to the decisions of INEC, not that we didn’t have things to contest.
“We have a lot of things to contest also but we submitted to the decision of INEC because we believe in rule of law.”