The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the threat by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to challenge in court, the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare Osun governorship election inconclusive as a distraction.
The party said PDP’s threat would not fly, because, according to the APC, the Supreme Court has already decided on the issue of whether or not INEC
has the powers to declare an election inconclusive.
In a statement by Chairman, APC Campaign Council Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ruling party said the opposition party was afraid of losing the rerun.
”The PDP is not unaware of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the case of James Abiodun Faleke Vs INEC and others, that INEC has the duty of conducting elections and that, besides the constitutional provisions, it is guided by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the Election Guidelines and Manual issued for its officials in
accordance with the Act,” the statement said.
It enjoined Osun electorate to ignore the PDP threat and turn out en masse and vote for APC in tomorrow’s rerun election
The statement noted that since the PDP had boasted that its candidate would win if the Osun governorship election is conducted over and over again, the party should stop being jittery and participate in the rerun.
It however said, that if the PDP chooses to boycott rerun out of fear, the party’s right to do so would be
“The PDP, after its failed mission to win Saturday’s election at all cost, is shopping for an illegal shortcut to victory by threatening a court action over an issue that has been settled.
“It’s a sheer waste of time. Let the PDP drop its pretension and get ready to be defeated in Thursday’s rerun. Alternatively, it can withdraw to save face,” the APC said.