The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 election in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to discontinue his petition to challenge the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
According to the APC, “Omisore’s exercise would be as futile as that of his party’s wasted effort to annul the legislative elections of 2011 in which all the PDP candidates lost their bid to be elected into the state and national assemblies.
The party’s spokesman, Kunle Oyatomi, said: “From what the public has seen and heard so far, Omisore and the PDP appear to be relying purely on falsehood, and not facts on the ground, and their lies are falling apart like a pack of cards.”
It noted that last Friday, the Osun PDP withdrew a case seeking to declare null, the election supervised by Ambassador Rufus Akeju, the state Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, at the Federal High Court in Osogbo through a motion dated October 15, and signed by their counsel, Kehinde Adesiyan.
It recalled that the PDP, prior to he 2011 elections, approached the Federal High Court in Osogbo for an injunction to restrain Akeju from supervising the conduct of the election and was granted, but was appealed against by INEC at the Court of Appeal in Akure.
The APC said: “The Appeal Court three weeks ago struck out INEC’s appeal due to what it termed ‘defective filing of the notice.’ Omisore and the PDP attempted to turn the ruling to a ‘judgment’ sacking all the state legislators both in Osun and Abuja. But when it became clear that the PDP couldn’t win on this falsehood, it had the case withdrawn from the Federal High Court in Osogbo last Friday.”
The APC stressed that PDP’s lie was so blatant and embarrassing that even some responsible members of the PDP within and outside the state felt sad and ashamed that so much falsehood was being associated with their party.
It added that the same line was being towed with another lie that the tribunal had ordered a recount of votes for which the tribunal chairman denied and warned the party to allow them do their job.
According to the party, the PDP appeared not to have learnt anything from the pressure of spreading deliberate falsehood.
‘This inability to learn from history is what has made the PDP and Omisore replicate the futile mission all over again, and that anything founded on falsehood will fail and the current mission of Omisore, which is fundamentally based on ignoble lies will also collapse,” the APC predicted.
The party said it was therefore in the interest of Omisore, the PDP and fledging democracy that this mission impossible be aborted before it pollutes the democratic atmosphere.
It remarked that the earlier Omisore comes to terms with the reality that he is just chasing shadow, the better for everybody.