The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun State chapter, has expressed doubt in the ability and sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to conduct peaceful elections in 2019.
In a statement, the Chairman of the party in the State, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, said the experience of the last gubernatorial election in Osun was a sign that the 2019 elections may not be peaceful as other parties would not condone any act of rigging by the ruling party.
“Under normal circumstances, I expect a peaceful election but with my experience in the last Osun gubernatorial election, I have my fears about the ruling party conducting a peaceful general election.”
On the Osun gubernatorial election in which the party narrowly lost to the APC, Adagunodo said the ruling party stole their mandate and that his party would reclaim the mandate.
He said the party has solid belief in the judiciary at the tribunal in doing justice to the political issue.
“We want to thank the true people of Osun for believing in our great party, PDP, and our candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke. I emphasis on the word true people, because so many people came to Osun for that election impersonating Osun voters but notwithstanding we still have those results. We know, and the whole world knows that PDP won that Osun state election.
“APC stole our mandate in Osun, which by the special grace of God will be returned to Sen. Ademola Adeleke and our party PDP will be in government again. We believe in the Judiciary and Judges at the Tribunal. They will surely do justice to our petition.
“We did not express doubts on the ability of the President of the Court of Appeal to be impartial rather we are letting the whole world know that APC is offering a Greek gift to the husband of the President of Court of Appeal by giving him a senatorial ticket when he did not contest or win a primary election. It is a plan of the APC to make the husband indebted to the party and in turn use that to influence the wife.
“I have said earlier that we believe in the capacity and capability of the judges in the judiciary now, because they are men and women of impeccable Character and Integrity. The judges will surely not let Nigerians down because they are the last hope for the people in Nigeria.