The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold the ruling of the election petitions tribunal and issue certificate of return to Sen. Isiaka Adeleke.
National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, Adeyemi Azeez, made the call in a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja.
According to Azeez, as a body which respects the rule of law, NANS stands by the ruling of the tribunal which declared Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the Osun 2018 gubernatorial election.
The Election Petitions Tribunal set up for the 2018 governorship election in Osun State had ruled that the rerun election that held on September 27, 2018 was illegal and therefore declared Adeleke winner.
Adeleke had won the election at the first ballot on September 22.
The PRO also distanced itself from the purported protest by some self-acclaimed student leaders against the ruling of the Tribunal. “We believe that the intellectual component of the youth demography and media are the major catalyst of development anywhere in the globe.
“The leadership of NANS wishes to use this opportunity to re-instate our earlier position on the verdict of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
“This is mandating INEC to issue certificate of return to Sen. Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the PDP as the duly elected Governor of Osun State, having polled the highest number of votes during the Sept. 18, 2018 Governorship Election in the state.
“In the same vein, I wish to use this opportunity to state categorically that the leadership of NANS is not part of the sponsored protest organised by some self-acclaimed student leaders against the ruling of the tribunal. “These set of student leaders, of which majority are not students or life Students, are political contractors and jobbers who are roaming the streets of Osun on daily basis.’’
Azeez further called on the political class to desist from dragging the name of NANS into their political games. He warned that Nigerian students would resist attempt by any politician to use NANS to subvert the wishes of Nigerian people at any level.
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