Council Election Will Hold – Osun APC Insists

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress, APC in the State of Osun has insisted that the fast approaching local government election in the state would hold despite the Federal High Court order stopping all its processes.

The party was reacting to a rash of developments that has seen attempts by the PDP to stop the council election scheduled for January 27, next year.

In a statement signed and circulated to the media in Osogbo today by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, the APC gave assurances that the party remains ‘firmly in control of the situation and (that) nothing will derail the calculated and irrevocable drive towards conducting a successful local government poll, and also winning the governorship election scheduled for September 2018.

The APC in addition, encouraged its members and supporters that nobody should feel any sense of loss over defectors from the party’, describing them as ‘losers with ‘sore grapes’ mentality’.

Addressing the issue of the court case which attempts to derail the local government engineering in the state and stopping its funding, the APC said the PDP will fail in Osun as PDP and former President Olusegun Obasanjo failed in Lagos, while the LG reform in the state will move on.

“The idea of the PDP that council election will not be held is vain, and the attempt to legally stop the disbursement of local government money by the Federal Government is a pathetic exercise in futility,” the APC said.

The party further argued that ‘it is a constitutional issue that is least likely to succeed.

“The Nigerian judiciary is solid and remains the people’s hope for justice, so the days of ‘jankara’ injunctions to sidestep the law have gone. Due process has been established in our country’s judicial system and that’s the course the state’s Attorney General, Dr. Ajibola Bashiru has taken.

“Osun should be rest assured that the only reason the PDP is in court, albeit through surrogates, is because it knows that it will be beaten silly in the next local government election.

“If it had the slightest chance in the world that it could win, the PDP will not be wasting its time and resources in the court. It would rather be strong on the campaign trail”, the APC concluded.

Lasun Yussuff Distances Self From Injunction Against LG Election In Osun

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Lasun Yussuff has said he is not aware of any court injunction against the APC or OSSIEC on aborting plans to conduct local government elections in Osun on January 27, 2018.

A statement by the Deputy Speaker’s Special Adviser on Constituency Relations, Dr Aderemi Ajala on Monday evening said that the persons linked with the Federal High Court, Abuja injunction are members of the PDP and he will not join issues with them as he remains a loyal party man.

Hon Yussuff said in the statement that he had no grievances with the party or the state government’s plan for the elections.

The Deputy Speaker restated his commitment and loyalty to the APC as he said that if there are any grievances with the processes, there are internal mechanisms with the party to addressing such.

He however disassociated himself from the court judgment.

It will be recalled that a yet to be named Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday reportedly stopped all processes leading to the conduct of the elections adjourning to the 23rd of January, 2018.

The Osun State Government has also disassociated itself from the ruling with the Attorney General, Dr Ajibola Basiru saying that neither he, OSSIEC nor the State Government was served court processes in the suit reportedly filed by Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP.