The State of Osun Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission plan to conduct local government election in the state.
OSUN DEFENDER recalls OSIEC chairman Otunba Olusegun Olaitan has earlier announced October 15 to conduct the local government election in the state.
Reacting to the development Osun PDP said the party will not fold arms and watch the APC turn our dear state into lawless entity.
This was revealed in statement issued by the caretaker Chairman Dr Akindele Adekunle in Osogbo on Monday.
He said election is about 60 (sixty) days from today, and a period of about 3 months to the take off of administration of the Governor-Elect, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke.
OSUN DEFENDER recalls that about two weeks ago, the PDP raised an alarm about the plan to conduct illegal Local government elections in Osun State but the OSIEC Chairman, Otunba Segun Oladitan dismissed same as a rumour. Barely 5 days after however, the OSIEC chairman invited political parties for a briefing which they tagged “a PARLEY ”
According to him, “At the said meeting held on Friday 12th August, 2022, the PDP was ably represented at the meeting and a warning letter was openly presented and spoken to before the Commission. The illegality of the purported election is not only what is at play but also the attendant criminality being perpetrated by OSIEC and the financial injury such wasteful calisthenics will foist on Osun people. The content of the said letter is available in the public domain.
“Apparently, the OSIEC Chairman seems adamant in going ahead with the illegal election and as such, we in the PDP will not fold our arms iand watch the Apc turn our dear state into lawless entity. We will ensure that the sinister and dangerous plan of OSIEC that has become an appendage of the APC does not see the light of the day.
“Already, we have adequately invited the attention of the ilInspector-General of Police to the imminent criminality and we are by this release further inviting the police authority to the looming breakdown of peace and order in Osun State in the event OSIEC proves to be above the laws of the land regarding the conduct of the election.
“We will engage in all lawful means including mobilising the masses of Osun State, who have entrusted us with the mandate to protect their interest, day-in, day-out, in peaceful protests against the illegal and atrocious plans of OSIEC against the state.
“The PDP assures the good people of Osun State that we will do everything under the precinct of the law in making sure that Osun State is not further dragged into dungeons of economic retardation through the kangaroo election being proposed by the defeated governor and his conduits in OSSIEC.
“The illegal election as we have stated recently, is targeted mainly at wasting resources of the state and to cover for some financial infractions by the outgoing Apc government.
“For sake of emphasis however, matters concerning conduct of the election are already before competent courts of law and as a law abiding political party, we will rely on the processes enabled by our laws to strengthen the nation’s democracy and enlighten the outgoing Apc government to make them come to terms that government activities must not always be premised on crude arrogance and wanton illegality.
“Members of the public especially the suffering masses of Osun are hereby called upon to join the PDP in its efforts towards putting out the fire of crisis the defeated APC Administration through OSIEC is trying to plant in the state”, he stated.