Barely three weeks after the governorship election in Osun State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the exercise, Senator Iyiola Omisore, will today file a petition before the state elections tribunal in Osogbo, the state capital.
Senator Omisore, who rejected the August 9 guber results, alleged that there were massive irregularities and monumental fraud perpetrated by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
In a statement signed by him, Omisore said after a comprehensive review of the processes leading to the outcome of the election in Osun State, he is convinced that there were massive irregularities and monumental fraud perpetrated by Aregbesola and the APC in the state.
His statement read in part: “We have decided to challenge this brazen attempt to subvert the wishes of the electorate who came out to support our Rescue Mission Campaign, and gubernatorial candidate of the Osun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the tribunal as provided for by the constitution and electoral laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In our effort, we are mindful of the massive investment in deceit-driven propaganda unleashed on the citizens of Osun State by the APC.
“This, they hope will distract attention from how electoral heist was perpetrated by the Ogbeni Aregbesola and his colleagues long before the election and the deployment of O-YES cadets as election officers to compromise the valid votes of the people of the state.”
He expressed commitment to ensuring that scientific rigging of elections in Osun, and indeed Nigeria was exposed and reversed.
“Our legal team will reveal shocking graphic details of pre-election rigging led by the leadership of the APC who had directed that all its officers relocate to Osun State before the election in addition to the subversive roles these ubiquitous officials played in the election as they compromised some of the INEC officials,” he said.
Omisore said on account of those allegations, and many other damning revelations, he was convinced that the announced outcome of the governorship election in Osun was not a true reflection of the votes cast in the election.
“We shall seek to retrieve our stolen mandate that was freely given to our candidate and party, using legal means as provided for by the constitution and electoral laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We shall continue to provide information to our aggrieved supporters and party members and urge them to go about their lawful duty without any fear of intimidation,” he said.
He urged media organisations that followed the gubernatorial election to cover the process of filing the papers at the tribunal in Osogbo today, August 27 and its subsequent sittings.
He said the antics of those who corrupted the electoral system through their ill-gotten wealth would come into the public glare and people would know the pseudo-democrats parading themselves as progressives.
“This is a case that will deepen democracy as shocking revelations will be made during the course of this epic legal battle that will strengthen the course of democracy in Osun State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“We proceed to the tribunal with abiding faith in God who will always make the victory of the unjust pyrrhic and confidence in the judiciary as the last hope of the cheated,” he said.