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Osun APC Set for Litigation against INEC, PDP

Barely three weeks after the conduct of the Osun State Governorship Election, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said it had concluded plans to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission, the People’s Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke before Election Petition Tribunal.

The Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun made the disclosure at a press conference, held at the party Secretariat, Osogbo, Osun state.

Prince Famodun stressed that based on the opinion of the party’s legal counsels the party had a very good case at the tribunal.

He said: “We are going to the Tribunal and our lawyers have let us know that we have good cases at the Tribunal.

Speaking on the anti-party activities allegations levelled against former Governor of the state and current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his supporters, Famodun said the party had set up the machinery to investigate the matter, assuring that all the erring party members shall be dealt with in accordance with party’s constitution.

“Whether the party’s constitution allows punishment of any erring member, as it is, there is room for discipline within the party constitution but it must be legally followed. 

“We have set up the machinery to investigate the activities of these individuals in their different wards; we will get reports from the ward chairmen as to how they have been behaving in their wards in the past few years.

“They threw caution into the wind as they believe that what they are doing is quite right. So we called for the ward chairmen to write a report on all of them and the constitution of the party will be used to deal with their different offences as it occurs to us and that’s on that.

“If we remind you about how all the lieutenants and followers of Aregbesola had been boasting that they would ensure that Governor Oyetola would not be re-elected in the last July 16, 2022, governorship election.

“Surprisingly, Aregbesola and his supporters actually acted to type by openly campaigning and subsequently voting against Governor Oyetola in the election, which was part of the reasons for the current plight of our party in our state.

“It was on record that the Interior Minister never took part in any of our governorship campaigns while he also jetted out of the country during the election in order not to take part in such an important election in his state where he is the highest beneficiary by way of an appointment as a minister.

“As if that was not enough, the group under the chairmanship of one Elder Adebiyi Adelowo, the former state Acting Chairman of the APC, went into a wild jubilation after the declaration of the results of the governorship election where the national umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the election.”

Adenitan Akinola

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