By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun East PDP Senatorial candidate in the last election, Engr Adeola Ayoola Sosanwo has disclosed that he has absolute trust in God that he would reclaim his stolen mandate before Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the State High Court, Abeokuta.
Engr Ayoola stated that there was never a time he abandoned his suit before the tribunal challenging the victory of Sen Lekan Mustapha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Senator-elect for Ogun East explaining that such insinuation or rumour best existed in the wild imagination of the peddlers.
Engr Sosanwo, while speaking with newsmen in Sagamu on Sunday said that he has absolute trust in God that the Justice Coker-led Election Petition Tribunal no matter the pressure to compromise would ensure that justice was served so that the people of Ogun East won’t be denied the mandate that would bring them all round development across the nooks and crannies of the nine local governments.
He said “even my opponent know that the game is up against him. He has been sending emissaries to me through some traditional rulers to let go of the case promising to refund whatever I have spent. I have however told them this is not about me but my people who have repeatedly demanded their mandate and nothing more”
Engr Sosanwo said he decided to approach the tribunal because he has every reason to believe that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) colluded with the power that be in the state to rig him out of the election.
He said the Returning Officer for Ogun east senatorial election, Prof Chris Onwuka had earlier declared the election as inconclusive due to cancellation of election result of Ajebandele ward in Ijebu East local government but went ahead the following day to declare Sen Lekan Mustapha of APC winner with 85,761 votes while he got 83,528
Engr Sosanwo said he was however not worried with anybody’s attempt to subvert the wish of Ogun East people to have him as their representative at the Red Chamber saying that he had that confidence in God that the election petition tribunal would serve him the deserved justice.
He disclosed further that though his party, PDP had left him alone to fight for his mandate save for the support of the outgoing Ogun East senator, Buruji Kashamu, he had notwithstanding received so much support from many prominent people across the state who are daily encouraging him to fight for his mandate.
Engr Sosanwo said that his mission to the Senate was anchored on selfless service driven by his desire to ensure the wellbeing of residents of Ogun East senatorial district saying “there is undoubtedly the need to take Ogun East to the next level of good governance, infrastructure development, poverty eradication, job creation and many more”.