Tribunal is a legal body which is saddled with the responsibility of receiving complaints from the just concluded elections from both the state level and the federal level.
It is not a news anymore in Osun State that after the July 16th, 2022 governorship election in the state, that APC and governor Oyetola proceeded to Tribunal to have a cover against the received shame/defeat during the governorship election where he wanted re-election.
People of Osun State voted APC/Oyetola administration out completely with a wide margin which was beyond manipulation and political day light rubbery like it happened in year 2018.
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APC and Oyetola claimed that INEC and PDP rigged the election in favour of governor elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke. They claimed that BVAS used were manipulated, that there were massive over voting in all the local government except Boripe local government where governor Oyetola came from and many other allegations levelled against PDP and INEC.
Critically looking at the case taken to Tribunal, immediately after the election, President Mohammed Buhari congratulated governor elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke. Secondly,
BVAS used by INEC cannot be manipulated as accreditation could not be done manually. Thirdly, how can Senator Ademola Adeleke and People Democratic Party manipulate election in all the local government except Boripe local government when APC is in government and power?
Before the election, it was glared that APC/Oyetola led administration were rejected by the people, including the Civil Servants in the state.
No promotion to the Civil Servants, only promotion exercise conducted provoked them as increment in the salary was ridiculous.
No employment for the youths except the job that children of the politicians cannot do, they employed graduate to be cleaning and cutting the bush under the devilish scheme called OYES.
Parents salary was not increasing, children sent to university with loan, graduated and got no job.
Lastly, things are too costly in the market, this contributed to the pain of the masses/electorate which made them voted APC and its government out.
With ten thousand naira to buy vote by APC, electorate collected their money and taught them lesson they will never forget.
The belief of Osun State APC/Oyetolas administration was that poverty caused by their devilish party will make electorates to collect their devilish money and vote them again. With all these facts on ground, can APC/Oyetola administration win at Tribunal?
People Democratic Party is not in the control both at the state and federal level, PDP have no control over INEC nor its staff but APC. If APC at the state level could be alleging INEC and PDP of manipulation/malpractice, masses/electorates can now see that this is an attempt to waste state funds.
A question to be answered by APC/Oyetolas government is that, why not complaining on the outcome of Boripe local government election result?
This is because that local government was thoroughly monitored and successfully manipulated by APC/Oyetolas government as the governors local government.
Does it mean that PDP/Adeleke were in all other local government? What of Ile-Ife where APC has National Secretary, Dr. Iyiola Omisore, what of Osogbo where APC has its State Chairman, Hon. Famodun and other towns where their Commissioners came from?
Another question for APC/Oyetolas government to think of is, did their party agents sign election results from the polling units?
If the election was manipulated or rigged, why did they sign and collected the results without issues from the polling units until INEC declared Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor elect before raising issue out of no issue?
The candid advise for APC/governor Oyetolas administration is to accept defeat and see politics as a game which one must win and the other accept the defeat. They should remember that there is no permanent enemy in politics, they should close the case at Tribunal not to be shamed the second time with the outcome of the Tribunal.
Dr. Peter. O. Awofadeju,
Chairman, Progressive Youth Forum,
Member, People Democratic Party,
Ward 10, Unit 27, Prime Area, Osogbo.