Nigeria: PDP abandons court, confirms Adeleke’s participation in Osun rerun
London, September 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has confirmed that its candidate in the Osun State governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, will participate in Thursday’s supplementary election.It also demanded the immediate resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, because of his “role in the fraudulent manipulations that characterised the September 22, 2018, Osun State governorship election.”
The opposition party further called for the resignation of Mrs. Amina Zakari, INEC’s Director of Operations, who is also in charge of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department.
The participation of the the party in the re-run polls is a change of heart by the party after it announced it’s intention to seek legal redress to compel INEC to declare the party winner of the governorship election
At a press conference addressed by the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja yesterday, the party said: “With INEC’s fraudulent conduct in the Osun governorship election and approval that a concluded election be declared inconclusive, the PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians no longer have confidence in Prof. Yakubu.
“It is completely inexcusable that Prof. Yakubu presides over an atrocious and compromised electoral umpire that manipulates electoral processes, doctors figures, allocates fictitious votes and subverts the will of the people in an election.” The party alleged that INEC has increased the original number of voters in the affected polling centres by over 850, so as to expand its latitude to manipulate results with uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“APC has gone to seven polling units on massive vote buying, offering money ranging from N50,000 to N100,000 per card. Also, INEC is now selling uncollected PVCs to APC at the rate of N3,000 per one,” he said.
Also, a national peace committee, headed by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), held a meeting with INEC, security agencies and representatives of registered political parties. Explaining the mission, Abubakar said: “We are all aware that we are approaching the 2019 election. Already, you are very much aware how the polity is being heated as a result of which we have decided to step up our action in ensuring that there is peace in the country and the politicians play by the rule of the game, and also the security agencies and the INEC play their role accordingly.”
In a related development, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has adjourned indefinitely the certificate forgery suit instituted against Adeleke by two chieftains of the APC, Wahab Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb. Justice Othman Musa adjourned the matter sine die due to the absence of the plaintiffs and the plaintiffs’ counsel, Akomolafe Bankole.
The APC chieftains had through their counsel instituted the action seeking the disqualification of Adeleke from participating in the governorship election on the ground that he does not possess the requisite educational qualification.