Residents of Osun State and PDP party faithfuls are mounting pressure on INEC over the Gubernatorial election declared “inconclusive” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after the PDP candidate,Ademola Adeleke, had pulled the largest number of votes ahead of his All Progressives Congress (APC) rival with 365 votes.
Large crowds in their hundreds, all residents of Osun State, as well as supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday, had stormed the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Osogbo to protest against the rerun election ordered by the commission after declaring last Saturday’s governorship election inconclusive.
The protesters were conducted a peaceful assembly were not dispersed by the armed policemen stationed at the INEC office to prevent the place from being invaded. Armed with placards bearing various inscriptions such as: “No to rerun”, “INEC, don’t conspire with APC”, and “The people spoke on Saturday, announce the result” among others, the protesters sang anti-APC songs as they hurled abuses at the ruling party for allegedly stealing Senator Ademola Adeleke’s mandate.
Speaking to reporters, The protesters chid INEC for not being consistent with its policies in places like Bauchi and Ekiti where it declared the winner of the respective elections despite canceling some votes. They firther berated INEC for not declaring Adeleke the winner of the poll having scored the highest number of votes in the poll. They said INEC colluded with the ruling party to rob Adeleke of victory.
The peaceful protest was staged to make INEC prove its integrity. What happened on Saturday and the announcement of Sunday that the election was inconclusive.
“We have already seen the PDP candidate leading with 353 votes, yet he was not declared (winner). In Ekiti, some election results were cancelled but INEC went on to announce Fayemi, even in Kogi State. What we want is our mandate in Osun State.”
Also, Ridwan Abimbola, who is the arrowhead of the students who joined in the protest, said there was a need for President Muhammadu Buhari to wade in on the issue.
Meanwhile, a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has called on INEC to save the state from unnecessary tension by declaring the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday.