Osun election: PPC gov candidate flays Oshiomhole’s ‘rigging’ comment
Written by NobleAdmin on October 10, 2018
The governorship candidate of the Providence People’s Congress in Osun State, Professor Ife Adewumi, has decried the “election rigging” comment credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
Adewumi, who is a former chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The former ASUU boss said the rerun election in the state was not credible and it was a needless exercise, saying Independent National Electoral Commission ought to have declared Senator Ademola Adeleke, the winner of the election at the first ballot because he satisfied the requirements of the law and polled the highest number of lawful votes cast.
Adewumi said, “Adams Oshimhole recently said whoever could not stomach rigging should not come out to contest elective positions, he later said it was a mistake. But what he said was not a mistake, he spoke out of the abundance of his mind. Because the Bible says, a man or a woman speaks out of the abundance of their hearts.”
The candidate who came sixth in the governorship election with 922 votes stated that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ademola Adeleke, ought to have been declared the winner at the first ballot and returned elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The candidate said, “I was the first candidate to say that that Senator Ademola Adeleke, who scored the highest number of votes in the first ballot should be declared the winner of the poll. We witnessed that rerun was not free, not fair and nobody can say it was credible. There were intimidation and shooting and then, there was heavy shooting, no one would dare go out without having a bulletproof vest.
“We know that 30 other parties have joined me to say that Adeleke should be declared the winner. If at the end of the day, the position of the INEC is sustained, we don’t have a problem working with whoever is there.