PDP Jittery Over Forensic Evidence

THE admission of physical counting, and the testimony of forensic expert, Adrian Forty as well as relief earlier granted last Wednesday by the appellate court to the gubernatorial candidate of Action Congress (AC), Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has sent panic to the camp of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in Ilesa, last Wednesday.

Investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER in the ancient town, Ilesa, has revealed. According to the source close to Okesa area in Ilesa, where the PDP chieftains converged in the evening time to cool off on daily basis, the relief and admission of the expert’s testimony by the appeal tribunal reportedly formed major discussion among the members of the PDP

A local government chieftain, (name withheld) who was at the venue at the time of the discussion said what was left for the PDP was to start counting their days as it had been shown a red-card..

A former party chairman, name (withheld) who said that things were not the same again, wondered whether the judgment would come the way of PDP as being expected.

At Ilesa West Local Government Council, the relief also formed major discussions among political office holders including few councillors who were earlier at the council secretariat last Wednesday as they passed blames on PDP chieftains over the last gubernatorial election in the state.

The PDP members also pointed accusing fingers at the party leadership on not following the election guide-lines and regulations on the conduct of the election that could not allow any petition from the opposition political parties.

A councillor who led the discussion said the same lack of due-process also affected local government council election which had been a subject of litigation, stating that the party chieftains should have allowed electoral guardlines to prevail as accusing fingers were also pointed to the state electoral commission chairman, the retired justice Sijuade for not following due process before conducting the local government council election.

He said if the PDP fails to win at the appeal tribunal, it would nail the party come 2011, stating that some members would defect to another political party ahead of 2011 general elections.