The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Osun State governorship election re-run held on Thursday has vowed to go to court to challenge the exercise.
He described the re-run as a charade and violent operations.
His words: “We stand on the mandate freely given to Ademola Adeleke. We will uphold the people’s mandate through all legal means. We will not succumb to fascist agents hell bent on plunging the state into chaos.”
Adeleke, in a statement by his campaign organisation said the re-run was a swindling of Osun people in broad daylight.
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According to him, the people were denied the opportunity of voting for the candidate of their choice by some people who he described as criminally minded.
He accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, APC and security agencies of coming together to deny the people their rights.
“The whole world is witnessing a charade in the name of election, a deliberate effort at imposition of a discredited leadership on the suffering people of Osun State through undisguised brutal force. Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of electoral process are violated.
“Voters are deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points. Those allowed to voting centres are forced to vote for APC. PDP party agents are arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres. PDP agents are barred from many units. Roads are blocked to stop voters and observers.
“Journalists and election monitors are blocked from accessing many voting areas. Those who attempted gaining access are attacked by hooded thugs. PDP leaders are hounded and arrested. It was a brutal unleashing of force against unarmed election stakeholders,” the statement reads in part.
He said it was obvious that the APC was pushing violently to steal people’s mandate freely given by the oppressed people of Osun State.