Oyetola Thanks Supporters, Asks PDP To Accept Judgment As The People’s Will

 

Governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke, has thanked his supporters for “reaffirming the mandate” following his victory at the Supreme Court.

The elated governor-elect also thanked God, as well as the judiciary for his victory.

“I am elated. It is the best I have ever seen. This is spontaneous. The judgement was some 20 minutes ago and see the crowd,” he said as a crowd of supporters trooped out to celebrate the victory.

“I am happy they believe that judgement has come and it has affirmed the mandate they gave to me September last year”.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, had filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the victory of Gboyega Oyetola, of the APC in the September 22 and 27 elections.

But the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal on Friday and affirmed Oyetola as the winner.

Speaking about his plans for the state, he assured the people of his commitment to delivering the dividends of democracy to them, with a focus on agriculture.

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Beyond that, however, he promised to focus on empowering the women and youth.

“I will continue to dedicate myself to the service of the people. The love they have shown clearly demonstrates that I must put in more efforts to ensure that I give them the dividends of democracy.

“We will continue to talk about renewal of infrastructure. The health scheme is going on, we will continue to pursue education, agriculture is going to be the mainstay of the economy, youth and women empowerment.

“Women have been very wonderful. Infact, I give them 80% so I am committed to ensuring their welfare as well,” he said.

While calling on the people for their support, he also called on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to see themselves as stakeholders who should also contribute to the growth of the state.

“I call on everybody to join me in our resolve to move the state to the next level.

“I am the governor of the state and I want everybody to come on board and we should all be committed to moving the state to the next level.

(To the PDP), “they should accept the will of the people, they should see themselves as part of the state. They should see themselves as stakeholders and embrace peace and let’s work together in the interest of our great state.

“I extend my hand of fellowship to everybody. I am the governor of the state, not a particular party and I want to embrace everybody,” he added.

Osun Election: Supreme Court Delivers Final Verdict Today

The Supreme Court is set to give a final ruling on who, between the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), was duly elected governor of the Osun State in the September 2018 election.

The panel of the court slated today for judgement on the matter after entertaining arguments from parties on June 17.

The PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the September 22 and 27 elections, filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the victory of Gboyega Oyetola, of the APC.

The main election was held on September 22 while a supplementary election was held on September 27 in seven polling units.

Parties are currently at the Supreme Court and the hearing has commenced.

Stay with us for updates on the final verdict

Osun Election: I Didn’t Forge WAEC Certificate, Adeleke Tells Court

Osun Election: I Didn’t Forge WAEC Certificate, Adeleke Tells Court
A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Tuesday told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that he did not forge the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission to get clearance for the poll.

Senator Adeleke insisted at the appellate court that the certificate he attached to his nomination Form CF 001 was lawfully issued to him and was confirmed by WAEC in its affidavit which it submitted as evidence to the Federal Capital Territory High Court in the Bwari area of Abuja.

He, therefore, asked the court to set aside the judgment of Justice Oathman Musa of an Abuja High Court which ‘erroneously’ held that his certificate was forged as alleged by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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In the final adoption of his brief of argument by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju , Senator Adeleke told the three-man panel of the court headed by Justice Adamu Jauro that what he presented to the electoral body to secure qualification for the governorship election was exactly what the examination body presented before the lower court when it was ordered to do so by Justice Musa.

He said the results, scores, and content in both certificates were the same, adding that the only difference was the format in which it was presented.

Ogunwumiju further told the appellate court that Justice Musa erred in law when he ignored the document which he had ordered WAEC to present before the court, with which he arrived at his decision that Senator Adeleke did not possess the requisite academic qualification for the office of governor.

He added that there was no case of non-qualification or forgery against the lawmaker before the lower court.

Similarly, the PDP in its own appeal through its counsel, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, urged the appellate court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent and statute barred.

He said the suit was in violation of the Fourth Alteration Act to the 1999 Constitution, having not been filed within the 14 days allowed by law.

According to the PDP’s legal adviser, the suit was filed 44 four days after the cause of action had arisen, while judgment was delivered outside the 180 days prescribed by law for a pre-election matter.

On their part, the two respondents through their counsel, Mr Joel Akomolafe, urged the court to uphold the judgment of the lower court.

Akomolafe argued that the appellants did not appeal the issue of jurisdiction at the lower court.

He informed the court that the trial court had dismissed Senator Adeleke and PDP’s motion challenging jurisdiction, on the grounds that it was canvassed late in the trial.

After taking arguments from all parties in the suit, the three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Adamu Jauro reserved judgment for a date to be communicated to parties in the matter.

Adeleke’s Victory: Tribunal Nullified ‘What Was Clearly An Illegality’ – Obasanjo

Adeleke's Victory: Tribunal Nullified 'What Was Clearly An Illegality' – Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the judgement of the Osun Election Petition Tribunal which nullified the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, the former president commended the tribunal for the courage to nullify what he said was “clearly an illegality”.

The Tribunal had held in its ruling on Friday that Governor Oyetola’s election was null and void and returned Senator Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governor of Osun State.

It also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola and present a fresh one to Senator Adeleke.

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In his reaction, former President Obasanjo commended the three-man panel of judges which gave the ruling; although he noted that it was a first step in the legal process.

He was delighted that the ruling has given renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time he said there were coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine it.

The elder statesman stressed that the international community was keenly watching the events in the country, adding that how the electoral process being handled would have implications for Africa and indeed the world.

“By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the Tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy,” he said.

Former President Obasanjo also commended Senator Adeleke for his statesmanship in going to court to seek justice.

According to him, seeking redress through the legal process is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society and it must be encouraged by all.

Read the full statement below:

STATEMENT BY H.E OLUSEGUN OBASANJO ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THE OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL

DUBAI – 23 March 2019

While I was in Dubai to attend the Global Education and Skills Forum meeting, I received the news of the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal declaring Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the winner of the 2018 Governorship election in the state.

Let me take this opportunity to commend the tribunal for its courage in nullifying what was clearly an illegality.

This action by the judicial officers, albeit a first step in the legal process, gives renewed confidence in the judiciary at a time when there are coordinated efforts by some political leaders to undermine, if not destroy, it.

As I have repeatedly said, the world is watching events in Nigeria with keen interest. What we do or do not do right in our electoral process will have implications not just for Nigeria but for Africa and indeed the world.

By correcting what was clearly a desperate attempt to change the will of the Osun people, the tribunal has saved Nigeria from great embarrassment and started the process of saving and strengthening our democracy.

Let me also commend Sen. Adeleke for his statesmanship in going to court to seek justice.

This is the right and proper thing to do in any decent society. Going to court must be encouraged and not discouraged as some people are now attempting to do.

While I have refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections because one of the parties has gone to court, may I point out that those who call themselves our development partners and friends and preach sacrificing justice on the altar of so-called stability are enemies of justice, democracy and Nigeria.

We will continue to sustain Nigeria in stability and unity on the altar of justice, equity, fairness, freedom, human rights and democracy.

Stability cannot be successfully built on injustice, corruption, inequity, and divided nation, and incompetence, nepotism and one-sidedness.

Nigeria will march forward with or without those who will want to feed us with diet of values and actions that are not acceptable in their own countries. Nigeria is of age.

And if Buhari could go to court three times to seek justice, even without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who feels denied of justice must feel free to go to court.

Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress there will be violence, are evil minds looking for excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians. At no time in history has sustainable peace been built on theft, injustice, corruption and inequity.

These merchants of chaos and violence should have no place in any decent society. And they must know that no intimidation or prophesy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody. Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians.

We will respect as friends those who believe that what is good for their country should be good for Nigeria. Yes, we are Africans but we have values that are consistent with international standards.

Court is part of our democratic process and it must be used when necessary if only to achieve justice, stability, unity and progress for our country.

OLUSEGUN OBASANJO

Osun Election: Senator Adeleke Lauds Tribunal’s Judgement

The lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has reacted to his victory at the Osun Election Petition Tribunal.

Senator Adeleke’s reaction came shortly after the Tribunal declared him as the winner of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

The three-man panel of judges had declared the victory of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as null and void and returned Senator Adeleke as the duly elected governor of the state.

READ ALSOTribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election

The Tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola and present a fresh one to Senator Adeleke.

Osun Election: Senator Adeleke Lauds Tribunal's Judgement
A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke. Photo: [email protected]

Senator Adeleke told Channels Television that he hoped that the electoral body would comply with the orders of the court.

He said he would be ready to meet Governor Oyetola at the Court of Appeal should he appeal the judgment of the Tribunal.

While the governor rejected the judgement and vowed to challenge it at the Court of Appeal, the lawmaker took to Twitter to celebrate his victory.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun has described the victory of its candidate at the Tribunal as an act of God.

In an interview with Channels Television in Osogbo, the state capital, the state party chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, dedicated the victory to God.

He noted that he knew from the onset that the party’s struggle for the mandate would not be in vain, adding that they have gotten justice.

Adagunodo said, “I thank God Almighty for the victory and we dedicate it to him. It is a victory for the people of the state. It is a victory for all,” Adagunodo said.

“I commend the good people of Osun for their faith in the PDP and senator Adeleke.”

The party chairman also commended the judiciary, saying they did a good job by standing on the side of the truth.

He said, “The judgement shows that the people in the judiciary are calibres of people of impeccable character. They are the last hope of the common man and have proved themselves as such. I give kudos to the judiciary.”

Adagunodo, however, said the PDP was ready to defend its victory at the Tribunal should the All Progressives Congress (APC) decide to appeal the Tribunal’s judgement.

Meanwhile, the APC in the state has rejected the judgement and vowed to challenge it at the Court of Appeal.

According to a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the verdict cannot stand superior legal scrutiny.

Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets Over Tribunal Victory

There was jubilation across major parts of Osun State on Friday after the Election Petition Tribunal declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the September 22, 2018 governorship election in the state.

Earlier, the Tribunal which sat in Abuja dismissed a preliminary objection against the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator Adeleke, challenging the outcome of the governorship election in the state.

The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

READ ALSOTribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election

Following the judgement of the Tribunal, Senator Adeleke’s supporters and well-wishers gathered at the residence of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, to celebrate amid drumming and dancing.

Some supporters were also seen at different strategic locations in Ede celebrating the victory.

Osun Election: Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets

In her reaction, Senator Adeleke’s sister, Mrs Dupe Adeleke, dedicated her brother’s victory to their late brother, Isiaka.

She also commended the judiciary for its courage in adjudicating with fear of God, saying it was clear that the judiciary was functioning as it should.

“We are very happy for the judgment; we appreciate the people of Osun, especially Ede for their love, support and steadfastness,” Dupe said.

“Today’s judgement is an indication that judiciary can save the nation from imminent trouble. I know my late brother would be very happy in the grave. I dedicate this victory to God and to my late brother.”

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Osun Election: Jubilation As Adeleke’s Supporters Flood Osun Streets

Tribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election

 

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the poll.

The Tribunal made the declaration on Friday after dismissing a preliminary objection against the petition of the PDP and Senator Adeleke, challenging the outcome of the September 2018 governorship election in the state.

The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

READ ALSOTribunal Reserves Judgement On PDP, Adeleke’s Petition

The three defendants claimed that the petition of the PDP and its candidate was incompetent and the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear it.

Delivering a ruling on the preliminary objection, Justice Peter Obiora who is a member of the three-man Tribunal held that the petition was competent.

He also stated that the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to hear and determine it.

The judge held that there was merit in the appeal filed by the PDP and Senator Adeleke, adding that the declaration and return of Governor Oyetola by INEC was null and void.

He, thereafter, declared Senator Adeleke, who represents Osun West district in the National Assembly, as the winner of the election and duly elected governor of the state.

The judge also held that the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola be withdrawn and that a fresh one should be issued to Senator Adeleke of the PDP, having fulfilled the conditions of the law.

He said the petitioner scored the lawful majority votes at the election while the rerun held in the seven cancelled units were null and void and of no electoral effect.

In a dissenting judgment, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the petitioner could not prove substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the election.

He noted that an Election Tribunal, under Section 140(3) of the Electoral Act, lacks the powers to declare a winner where such was proved.

Justice Sirajo insisted that they can only declare a supplementary election or a fresh election, and not to make a declaration.

Tribunal Declares Ademola Adeleke Winner Of Osun Governorship Election
(File) Senator Ademola Adeleke// [email protected]

Justice Obiora and Justice Ayinla Gbolagunte, however, entered a majority judgment in favour of Senator Adeleke.

The PDP and Senator Adeleke had approached the Tribunal to challenge the declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the September 22, 2018, election by the electoral body.

After entertaining final arguments and adoption of written addresses by lawyers to the parties involved on March 7, the Tribunal announced that it would reserve judgment on the matter.

The Tribunal, which was earlier sitting in Osun, was relocated from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to Abuja in November 2018.

Police Re-arraign Ademola Adeleke Over Alleged Examination Malpractice

Police Re-arraign Ademola Adeleke Over Alleged Examination Malpractice
A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke

 

The police have re-arraigned the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, on allegations of examination malpractice.

Senator Adeleke was first arraigned on four counts in September, for alleged conspiracy and impersonation among other offences.

He was then re-arraigned on Tuesday with the charges increased from four to seven counts, still bordering on similar offences.

The police accused the lawmaker of conspiring to procure illegal examination results with workers at the Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School.

Senator Adeleke was arraigned along with a principal and three others accused of conspiring to commit the alleged crime.

The police also accused the lawmaker of making false documents, regarding his age and violating the Exam Malpractice Act of 2004.

Adeleke was re-arraigned two months after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the September 22 election.

The lawmaker has, however, gone to the tribunal to challenge the victory of Oyetola who has been sworn in as the governor of Osun State.

Osun PDP Supporters Protest Over Alleged Disbandment Of Election Petition Tribunal

 

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State on Thursday stormed the premises of the state high court, raising an alarm over the alleged disbandment of the 3-man election petition tribunal.

The panel was set up to adjudicate complaints arising from the conduct of the September 22 governorship election.

When Channels Television arrived at the court premises, it was observed that the doors leading to the courtroom were under lock and key while the registry of the election tribunal was also shut.

One of the counsels to senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP candidate, Mr Niyi Owolade, told journalists that they came for the hearing of an application on substituted service but were told by court officials that the panel had been disbanded.

Owolade said “We filed our petition on Tuesday, 16th of October and we tried to effect service to the three respondents, namely INEC (1st), Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola (2nd) and APC, being the (3rd) respondent.

“While we were able to serve the 1st respondent, the 2nd and the 3rd respondents declined service. So, we brought an application here yesterday for substituted service. The application was to have been heard 9.00 am today (Thursday), but we were surprised when we heard that the panel had been disbanded. What is even more surprising is the fact that you have disbanded and you have replaced.

“We all know that election petitions are swis generis. Our 180 days starts on the 16th of October, which was the day of filing, Section 285, Sub-Section 6 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Amended is clear about. So, judgment is to be given on or before 18th of April, 2019, I mean the final judgment.

“But, if you have 180 days which has commenced and we cannot effect service which the law allows (of which order we would have gotten today has been denied), we are surprised that the President of the Court of Appeal saddled with the responsibility of empanelling election tribunal has not deemed it fit with greatest respect to her, to have put in place a new panel simultaneously. We are surprised that we don’t have a new panel yet. We hope that would be done soonest”.

When contacted to speak on the matter the court registrar, Lawrence Arojo, declined to speak to the press.

Osun Election: Adeleke Challenges Oyetola’s Victory, Asks Tribunal To Declare Him Governor

Osun Election: Adeleke Challenges Oyetola’s Victory, Asks Tribunal To Declare Him Governor

 

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo to declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.

Senator Adeleke made the prayer on Tuesday when he filed a petition at the tribunal to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and governor-elect, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.

He was represented at the tribunal by his running mate in the poll, Mr Albert Adeogun.

The 593-page petition was filed by one of the counsels to the PDP and its candidate, Mr Kanu Agabi.

The lawmaker and his party asked the tribunal led by Justice T.A. Igoche to nullify the victory of the governor-elect in the September 22 election.

They also asked the tribunal to declare the senator the winner of the poll because he polled the highest number of lawful votes cast and met other requirements of the law.

The PDP chairman in Osun, Mr Soji Adagunodo, and other party members were among those who stormed the tribunal in the state capital.

Mr Adagunodo told reporters that he was confident that his party would reclaim its mandate.

Senator Adeleke filed the petition at the tribunal barely three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr Oyetola as the winner of the Osun governorship election.

The APC candidate had trailed the senator by 353 votes before going into a supplementary election which held in seven polling units in the state on September 27.

However, his votes from the supplementary poll were enough to help him overturn the deficit and be returned as winner of the keenly contested election.

INEC consequently declared Oyetola the winner of the election.

The final votes announced by the electoral body showed that Oyetola got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke polled 255,023 votes.

Osun Election: Adeleke Campaign Organisation Asks International Community To Intervene

 

The Adeleke Campaign Organisation has called on the international community to intervene in the events surrounding the Osun State governorship election.

Reacting to the outcome of the supplementary election in a statement on Friday, the organisation said a major political tragedy was underway with major consequences for the nation.

“We call on the international community to monitor happenings in Osun state. A major political tragedy is underway with huge consequence for the nation,” the statement read in part.

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Gboyega Oyetola emerged victorious after he got 255,505 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke secured 255,023 votes.

Going into the supplementary election, Oyetola had trailed Adeleke by 353 votes.

However, his votes from Thursday were enough to help him overturn the deficit and be returned as winner of the keenly contested election.

But the Adeleke Campaign Organisation rejected the results as it described the exercise as a sham.


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It alleged that there were various degrees of malpractices that marred the voting process, from electorates being prevented to vote, to some being forced to vote for the APC.

“Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of electoral process are violated.

“Voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points, those allowed to voting centers were forced to vote for APC, PDP party agents were arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres, PDP agents were barred from many units, roads were blocked to stop voters and observers, journalists and election monitors were blocked from accessing many voting areas, those who attempted gaining access were attacked by hooded thugs, PDP leaders awere hounded and arrested. It was a brutal unleashing of force against unarmed election stakeholders,” the statement said.

Furthermore, it accused the APC of trying to steal the mandate of the people but however, stressed that it will do its best to ensure the mandate is delivered.

“The APC is pushing violently to steal people’s mandate freely given by the oppressed people of Osun state.

“We condemn this charade; We reject this violent operation called election, we dissociate ourselves from this brazen shame and sham election.

“We stand on the mandate freely given to Ademola Adeleke, we will uphold the people’s mandate through all legal means. We will not succumb to fascist agents, hell bent on plunging the state into chaos,” it said.

#OsunRerun: Adeleke Vows To Seek Legal Redress, Uphold People’s Mandate

File photo: Adeleke Ademola casting his vote.

 

The Campaign Organisation for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adeleke Ademola, in the Osun State governorship election has condemned the outcome of the rerun and has vowed to uphold the mandate of the people, by seeking legal redress.

It expressed its displeasure in a statement issued on Friday, after the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, emerged victorious in Thursday’s exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Oyetola the winner after he got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke secured 255,023 votes.

The group, however, described the election as a sham as Oyetola had trailed the candidate of the Adeleke, by 353 votes going into the supplementary election.

It also alleged that voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points and those allowed to voting centers were forced to vote for the APC.


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The statement read in part, “The whole world is witnessing a charade in the name of election, a deliberate effort at imposition of a discredited leadership on the suffering people of Osun state through undisguised brutal force.

“Applying all standards, today’s supplementary poll is a non-event as all norms of electoral process are violated.

“Voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points, those allowed to voting centers are forced to vote for APC, PDP party agents were arrested, beaten up and shut out of polling centres, PDP agents were barred from many units, roads are blocked to stop voters and observers, journalists and election monitors were blocked from accessing many voting areas, those who attempted gaining access are attacked by hooded thugs, PDP leaders were hounded and arrested. It was a brutal unleashing of force against unarmed election stakeholders”.

The group, therefore, declared that the entire exercise was marred and no election took place in the state.

“We report to the whole world that in Osun today no supplementary poll took place. It was all violence and undisguised breaching of all electoral rules,” it said.

Furthermore, it accused the APC of trying to steal the mandate of the people but however, stressed that it will do its best to ensure the mandate is delivered.

“The APC is pushing violently to steal people’s mandate freely given by the oppressed people of Osun state.

“We condemn this charade; We reject this violent operation called election, we dissociate ourselves from this brazen shame and sham election.

“We stand on the mandate freely given to Ademola Adeleke, we will uphold the people’s mandate through all legal means. We will not succumb to fascist agents, hell bent on plunging the state into chaos,” it said.

The group also called on the international community to intervene in the affairs of the state, adding that a major political tragedy is underway with huge consequence for the nation.