[Osun]–The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties(CNPP), Osun State has warned Independent Electoral Commission against plan to postpone the Osun west senatorial by-election slated to hold July 8.
During a press conference held at Ede, no fewer than 9 parties declared their support for Ademola Adeleke .
Osun Sate secretary of CNPP and the Chairman of Democratic People’s Party, Prince Gbade Adelakun led the address before journalists in Ede, Osun State.
Gbade said “We oppose vehemently the planned supposedly postponement of the bye-election of Osun west senatorial district.
Gbade also alleged the All Progressive Congress of mounting moral burden on the Independent Electoral Commission to shift the date of election.
In his address he said ” It will amount to unnecessary tension among the political parties if the election is postponed”
“We have it on good authority that primary and secondary school students are being used for data capturing and thumb printing, what for and why?”
“The APC had concluded their plan to rig the election in rural areas of the State with the connivance of the State boys”
“We call on security agents and law abiding citizens of Osun State and Osun West Senatorial district in particular to call on the APC and the ruling party to allow wise counsel to prevail on this matter, a stitch in time saves nine”
The written address was read in the presence of the following political parties; Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance, Pastor Popoola Olatunji,
Chairman of Action Alliance , Hon. Rufia Adekunle, Chairman of Democratic Peoples Party, Prince Gbade Adelakun, PDM- Alh Tajudeen Adekunle, Chairman of Socio Democratic Party, Mr. Ademola Ishola, Chairman of Green Party of Nigeria, Adetunji Bunmi Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, Hon. Olapade Fakunle, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Mr. Akin Bakare, Chairman of Unity Party of Nigeria, Mr. Wale Alabi, All Progressive Congress Stalwart and former Secretary Ede south local govt – Alh. Lukman Afolabi, Hon. Ademola Oyebode representing PDP state chairman, Mr. Soji Adagunodo and Alh. Bayo Aminu- former leader of the house Ede south.
Hon. Olapade Fakunle also said “In a stakeholders meeting we held with INEC in this State we suggested that the election should hold on 22nd of July but out of 24 political party that attended that meeting 22 agreed that it should hold on 22nd of July with exception of APC and one other party that suggested that the election should hold on the 8th, then INEC imposed 8th of July, 2017 on us.
CNPP Secretary, Gbade futher stressed that, unanimously the 9 parties present is giving our support for the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Otunba Ademola Adeleke.
He said ” Victory is not on their way that is why they are hobnobbing with the INEC authority in Abuja to postpone the election date. INEC called us for a meeting which is schedule to hold on Monday, we don’t know what they want to discuss with us.”
Responding to the allegation of CNPP the APC, Osun State director of publicity, research and strategy secretary, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi said “The CNPP for this election is an extension of PDP. They have so compromised themselves that they have become blind and deaf.
“They are merely repeating the unconfirmed allegations the PDP raised against APC. INEC has said the PDP lied in respect of postponement of the Saturday election, so CNPP repetition makes no sense at all”
“On the issue of students, we would like to accept that those in politics have some modicum of intelligence that if you are not on the voter’s register, and you don’t have the all the certification of INEC to vote, you have no business being in polling booth. So why is CNPP troubling their mentality with falsehood”
“They should know from public records that APC has never lost any election since 2011, including the Osun West Senatorial District. We have the voters and we don’t need to hire toddlers to vote for us”
When the INEC Administration Secretary, Osun State, Barr. Emmanuel Ademusire was contacted on phone by THEPAGE correspondent he said “there is no plan to postpone the osun west senatorial bye-election and the election can’t be rigged because the register used in 2015 for election is what we will use again”.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg