The All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the just conducted governorship election in the state “inconclusive” and scheduling a rerun, praising the commission and President Muhammadu Buhari for overseeing a largely credible and peaceful process.
The APC also praised the commitment of the people of Osun to a credible electoral process.
In a statement released Sunday by the party’s acting publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC urged the people of Osun to vote for its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, in the rerun election, so that the current margin of 353 votes with which Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leads, could be surpassed.
Recall that INEC had earlier announced 254,345 votes for the APC, and 254,698 votes for the PDP, meaning the PDP enjoys a gap of 353 votes.
The election was however declared inconclusive because the total number of cancelled votes— 3,498— surpassed the margin of victory.
Thursday has been fixed for the rerun.
Full statement below:
The All Progressives Congress (APC) hail the Osun electorate; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); security agencies and relevant stakeholders over the conduct of Saturday’s inconclusive governorship election in the state which was largely peaceful despite some reported irregularities.
While we continue to improve on our electoral processes, particularly correcting some irregularities witnessed in Saturday’s election, the APC commends the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which has continually exhibited its commitment to ensuring that elections are more peaceful, transparent, credible and acceptable.
This is a departure from the situation under past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations where the people’s will was subverted and elections where manipulated. We hereby reject the PDP’s baseless calls that the inconclusive Osun governorship election is announced in its favour.
In the leadup to the rerun election, we call on the Osun electorate, party supporters and members to remain upbeat and focused on the task of consolidating on the APC Change administration in the state by voting for the victory of our candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.
Mr. Yekini Nabena
Ag. National Publicity Secretary
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