No fewer than 20 political parties under the platform of the Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) have endorsed the just concluded Osun State governorship election.
The leader of the ACPP, comprising the Advanced Congress of Democrats,the National Conscience Party,People for Democratic Change,among others, Prince Adesoji Masilo, congratulated the winner of the poll, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressive Congress (APC), advising him to run an inclusive government and regard the entire state as his constituency.
The parties described the outcome of the just concluded election as a legitimate and true reflection of the wishes of the people in the state.
Masilo stated that the election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission after the first ballot because results were cancelled in seven polling units in Ife North, Ife South, Orolu and Osogbo Local Government Areas.
According to him: “Though the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was leading by 353 votes after the first ballot, the total registered number of voters in the seven polling units were more than the margin of win by the PDP and theoretically is deemed to be able to influence and change the outcome if voting had been done in those areas.
“Two issues became extant after the election. The first was the declaration of the election inconclusive after the first ballot, necessitating a supplementary election in seven polling units.
“Some people believed there should be no rerun. We disagree with them. From the rerun, it was clear that the disenfranchised voters after the first ballot ultimately determined the election when their votes were added. The principle is therefore justified.
“At any rate, there are enough precedents in which elections were declared inconclusive, in order not to disenfranchise legitimate voters and the election was concluded only after they voted.
“The second is the role of law enforcement agencies. There were reports that thugs and fake voters were brought into Osun from Kwara State. Many of them impersonated journalists, observers and voters. There were warehoused in schools and hotels belonging to the PDP members.
“The police and other law enforcement agencies were tipped off and they stopped them.
“From police official release, 16 card-carrying members of the PDP pretending to be observers, journalists and voters were found in possession of the INEC accreditation and other insignias of election observers and Permanent Voters Cards not issued to be used in the polling units and were arrested.
“The law enforcement agents are therefore justified in stopping anyone or acts capable of tarnishing the election and eroding from its legitimacy.
“So, we wholeheartedly endorse this election and its outcome as legitimate and a reflection of true wishes of the people of Osun as determined by the election of Saturday, Sept. 22 and supplementary election of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
“We congratulate the INEC for organising a free, fair and peaceful election.
“We are not unaware of some lapses, including the bogus votes in Ede, Iwo and Ile-Ife. The results from Ede, we not with sadness, is more than the registered voters.
“We hope the INEC too has taken note and will avoid a situation where its staff would be overwhelmed by desperate politicians who want to win at all costs and will not mind subverting the electoral process.
“We congratulate the people of Osun who have freely exercised democratic right to choose their governor. We heard them loud and clear.
“The rest of us should go back to the drawing board and learn the right lessons on how to connect with the people the way the APC did.
“We must let you know however that we are appalled at the monetisation of this election by the PDP.
“While the rest of us were busy fashioning out the strategy on how to connect with the people, the PDP was busy spending money to buy voters’ cards, buy votes and corruptly influence security and electoral officials. This is condemnable.”
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo.
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