Tribunal: Oyetola, PDP urge supporters to remain calm
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Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has charged members of the All Progressives Congress to remain vigilant and resist the temptation of engaging supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in violence.
The admonition, coming ahead of the Monday pre-trial sitting of the election petition tribunal hearing petitions against the outcome of the July 16 governorship election, was contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan.
According to the statement on Sunday, the decision to challenge the outcome of the election was not to impugn the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
It then expressed confidence “in the ability of the members of the Tribunal to do justice in the case before it,” noting “that the outcome would go a long way in making INEC fill some gaps that might have been noticed ahead of the 2023 General Elections.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has reassured members of the party that the mandate given to its candidate at the governorship poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was safe.
The PDP accused Oyetola of peddling false stories to impugn false admissions of over-voting by defendants, misrepresenting to the public the fillings of defendants, alleging complicity of the electoral commission through doctoring of court filings, and recently creating falsified election results to purportedly claim victory in a statement issued by its caretaker chairman, Dr. Adekunle Akindele.
The statement further read in parts, “As the Tribunal commences sitting tomorrow (today), we challenge Mr Oyetola to demonstrate a measure of integrity by allowing the Tribunal to treat his petition if he actually believes he has a good case.
“As the petitioner, his sponsored media trial digs a huge hole in his petition as it signifies a likely judicial defeat, hence his flooding the media space with falsified figures and fake news. To our teeming supporters and the people of Osun State, we reassure you that the mandate conferred on Senator Adeleke is safe and secure.”