Osun guber election: PDP, APC battle over plans to challenge Adeleke’s victory at Tribunal

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By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday engaged   in battle of words over plans  by APC to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor-elect Senator Ademola Adeleke and the PDP to the election tribunal.

Chairman of APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun had announced  at a press conference held at the Party secretariat in Osogbo, the State capital on Thursday plans to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke to the Elections Petitions Tribunal.

Famodun said the counsels to the Party and that of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola have concluded plans and will be approaching the court.

He added that the lawyers have told them that “we have strong case and we believe we will win at the court.”

Reacting, the PDP condemned the step embarked by the APC and Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola to approach the Election Tribunal.

The Caretaker Committee of the Osun State Chapter of the PDP, Dr Akindele Adekunle, stated that the mandate given to the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Ademola by the overwhelming majority of Osun people has come to stay.

Part of the statement read, “The Party further stated that while it is yet to be served with any election petition, we posited that neither the party nor the Governor-elect is worried by the alleged petition as the election that produced the winner was adjudged to be of global democratic compliance.

“This just concluded election passes test of best practices in electoral processes with the effective application of the electoral act which shut down all rigging plots and schemings of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party Chief posited.

“The Caretaker Chairman stated that the Party is not afraid of any election petition as the Legal Team of the PDP are always ready to defend whatever petition the APC is bringing, reiterating that the petition would be dead on arrival anytime it comes.

“The Party therefore assures its teeming loyalists, supporters and the good people of Osun State that there is no cause for alarm.” the statement added.