Osun Rerun: Saraki Speaks On Oyetola's Victory
The Osun State Governorship Election has come and gone but the dust it gathered is yet to settle.
Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the supplementary governorship election, saying it is an embarrassment to Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his spokesman, Saraki said the rerun was an avenue for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to commit electoral fraud.
He accused the ruling party of subverting the will of people through widespread intimidation and violence, urging the people of the state to be of good cheer because their “victory will not be denied”.
“Yesterday, we witnessed another display of the subversion of the will of the Osun people during the re-run gubernatorial elections in the State. The election was characterised by widespread voter intimidation, violence and harassment.
"Accredited observers were denied access to polling units and duly registered voters were prevented from participating in the electoral process by thugs and compromised security agents,” the statement read.
“Like I said a few days ago, this needless re-run election was only designed as an avenue for the ruling party to perpetrate electoral fraud. The nature of these elections is an embarrassment to our democracy and casts an alarming pall on the institutions responsible for protecting the will of the Nigerian people as stated through their votes. That was why for more than ten hours the INEC could not collate and announce results in just seven polling units with just over 2000 votes.
“It is surprising that the election in which on Saturday, the two leading candidates were running neck-to-neck with the PDP candidate having an edge, four days later, as a result of manipulations and impossible conditions, the APC candidate is now being credited with all the votes and some paltry number of votes were being recorded for the PDP candidate.”
The senate president called for the intervention of the international community, saying the progress made in conducting elections in the country must not be reversed.
He said if nothing is done, the 2019 general election would be conducted in a similar manner.
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