#OsunDecides2018: PDP Agent Says Election Is 'African Magic'
He appeared to be the only party agent seeing the anomalies while other parties' agents tackled him, obviously not seeing what he saw.
A representative of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the collation centre in Osogbo where the result of the Osun governorship election was announced raised different concerns with the entire process.
Time after time, Dele Adeleke, a relative of the candidate of the PDP, stood up and raised concerns.
First, it was about the issues raised before the earlier election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), with Mr Adeleke pointing out that they were still pending and unresolved.
He was concerned that the INEC had conducted yet another election even when those earlier issues, especially in a polling unit where they claimed that 1,000 votes were deducted from the PDP.
He also alleged that results were doctored by the electoral body.
One thing he wants the INEC to explain, was why election results from that polling unit would be considered valid when issues of concern had not been addressed.
But other party agents in the collation centre said he should go to court and present his grievance.
When the results of the rerun were being reeled out, one question he kept asking the INEC Returning Officers was whether there were no reports of violence from the locations the results were coming from.
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Mr Adeleke claimed that party agents were beaten at different locations where elections were held, but expressed surprise that the Returning Officers never reported any case of violence.
“It is African magic going on here that you will not see… even observers were detained, reporters were detained,
“INEC registered that concern and you’ve just given us a very smooth election report, Sir.
“Please, clarify,” he told the Returning Officer (RO).
On his part, the RO insisted that there were no reports of violence.
However, there were reporters of violence in the Osun rerun, which was also part of the report of foreign observers of the European Union.