The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, yesterday declared that he would challenge the result of the election before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
Omisore, in a statement he personally signed, said that the outcome of the election did not reflect the wishes of the people of the state, hence his resolve to challenge it before the Tribunal.
He said, “I have resolved to continue to provide leadership until Osun state of our dream is realized. Let it be known that our people would no longer be taken for granted as we have opened the floodgate of democratic challenge which no force on earth can stop.
“I shall be at the forefront as our people keep pressing for the real dividends of democracy and the expansion of the democratic space in our dear state. In the meantime, the party (PDP) situation office is presently analyzing the results of the elections against field reports and we shall be making public our findings and the appropriate steps accordingly.”
According to him “this is one election that has been hardly fought in every nook and cranny of our state in the last few months. We traversed the length and breadth of Osun with our eight-point agenda to give a new paradigm for governance and lift our people out of the abyss of want and decadence.
“In the course of our campaigns, I saw a people traumatized and fervently hopeful of beneficial change. It did not escape my notice that many of the people in our towns and villages, who trooped to campaign grounds, bore scars of neglect, extreme poverty and excruciating suffering.
“It was clear they were desirous of good governance with a touch of humanity. They longed for a leadership that is full of empathy and could lift them out of despair and despondency. We came into this race to make that difference in their lives and offer hope in the land.
“It was not a race we came into unmindful of some of the odds stacked against us. For instance, we had a situation where a clearly partisan Resident Electoral Commissioner had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from registration stage through data storage to personnel loading. Though the leadership of INEC eventually took him
out of the state, weeks to the elections, he already did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify.
“In spite of this and the fact that all democratic structures in the state are in the hands of our opponent, our supporters, despite harassment from my opponent, still fought gallantly in every polling unit in the state to achieve the result we posted in this election.
“The governorship election is just an event in that process of the quest for a new Osun state where our people would live a happy life of fulfillment where the goods of the land are served to all and not only those who are privileged to be in power. Our participation and the outcome of the elections have shown the huge potentials of our party in Osun state in the days ahead,” he added.
In a related development, crisis yesterday engulfed some areas in Ile-Ife, in Osun state, when supporters of the PDP and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) clashed, as a fall out of Saturday’s governorship election.
It was gathered that supporters of PDP allegedly attacked the APC members, when the latter were celebrating the victory of their candidate, Mr. Ra’uf Aregbesola, in last Saturday election.
In the melee, it was gathered that some individuals sustained serious injuries and the victims were taken to private hospitals in the town, due to the on-going strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), which prevented medical activities at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife.
Although the exact number of individuals who sustained injuries could not be ascertained as at press time, it was learnt that the victims of the attack were taken to three different hospitals in the town.
Osun state APC, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that the PDP went on rampage against supporters of APC, who were celebrating Aregbesola’s victory.
He said, “Apart from physical injuries inflicted on our supporters, the PDP thugs extended their violence to Gbodo, where they attacked and damaged properties belonging to the father of the Executive Secretary of Ife-South local government area, Tajuddeen Lawal.”
“Not done with their violence, they went ahead to vandalize shops in Itakogun.
Fortunately, we are told the police have intervened and the situation is being normalized.”
But the Command’s Police Public Relation Officer PPRO, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, denied any clash, saying “people were only jubilating, not only in Ile-Ife, but all parts of the state.”
She stated that anxiety in the minds of the people could be responsible for any situation that later ensued in the town.