Atiku, Saraki, Fayose reject Oyetola’s election
In different statements yesterday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki and outgoing Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose condemned the process from which Gboyega Oyetola emerged the governor-elect of Osun State.
Atiku described it as the triumph of tyranny, which he said would only be temporal.
“The result just declared today in Osun by the Independent National Electoral Commission in favour of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate is a travesty of justice,” he said.
“That was not democracy. That was a demonstration of tyranny.
“The victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was firmly established last week on Saturday the 22nd of September, 2018.
“This so-called victory of the APC is not a democratic victory. Observers, both foreign and domestic, reported the brazen intimidation of voters and outright suppression of voting in PDP strongholds with even PDP agents physically prevented from being at the polling units.
“These actions showed to the whole world that this unnecessary rerun in polling units cancelled or voided by the INEC, was nothing more than a red herring to distract attention and gain time, while the ruling party perfected strategies to pull a fast one on the electorate, as it has done today.
“I wish to say to Senator Ademola Adeleke and the good people of Osun State that I stand with you today and tomorrow in your time of need.
“I will not be presumptuous to tell you what to do. But what I can tell you is that whatever you choose to do, I will be with you both in word and in action.”
The former vice president called on the international community not to stand idly by while democracy is being trampled upon.
“Nigeria is a very unique nation. We are very strategic to Africa in terms of population and location. A destabilised Nigeria will destabilise Africa, and this must never be allowed to happen.
“Thus, the international community must intervene to ensure that what happened in Osun must be investigated, reversed and prevented from spilling over to other gubernatorial, legislative and national elections.
“Finally, I call on Nigerians to be on guard. The APC has shown its hand. It is the leprous hand of a tyrant.
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