The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu of attempting to rig the 2022 Osun governorship election.
The Osun PDP Caretaker Chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle made the allegation in a statement on Friday in which he called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the matter.
He said the statements credited to Senator Adamu while inaugurating the APC campaign committee for the election show the party’s National Chairman does not want the will of the people to prevail.
Naija News recalls Adamu submitted that the ruling party cannot afford to lose the July 16 Osun governorship election.
He stated that the ruling party must do everything within the law to ensure that its governorship candidate emerges victorious, adding that his tolerance level for failure is zero.
Adamu said this on Thursday, in Abuja during the inauguration of the 86-member campaign council for the Osun election.
He said that the party is certain of victory in the Osun election even though it may be a little more difficult than the Ekiti governorship poll.
Reacting to the position, the PDP state chairman called on President Buhari not to allow Senator Adamu set Osun State on fire.
He argued that a free and fair election where the will of the people will prevail must be made possible.
Adekunle stated further that the words of the APC National Chairman are akin to giving a marching order for the election to be rigged in favour of the ruling party.
The statement reads, “It has come to the notice of the Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of an open call by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, for the July 16 governorship election to be rigged in favour of his party. We call on Predident Muhammadu Buhari to call the APC Chairman to order before he sets Osun ablaze.
“Before now, our party has expressed fears on the desperation of the APC to scuttle the holding of a free and fair election in Osun state. Adamu, proved our fears right. In the video that is now viral, Adamu could be heard given a matching order to members of his campaign council to win Osun state by whatever means necessary.
“It is a public knowledge that APC abhors a free and fair election, but we never contemplate a time that the party will be so bold to issue a rigging directive openly. We must also note that Adamu comment of “not spearing him for any reason whatsoever” is a direct threat on the life of our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and we will hold the APC chairman responsible for any bodily arm that come to our party’s flagbearer.
“We wish to warn Adamu and his crew of election riggers to stay clear of Osun or have themselves to blame in the end. Our people are ready more than ever to exercise their franchise and make sure it prevails.
“The APC chairman and those hiding in the shadow should perish the thought of rigging this election. This is not 2018 and we hope they will take to this cautionary note. Our party demand is simple- let Osun people decide their Governor.
“Nothing, not even the inducement of money as was done in Ekiti through the art of “Dibo kosebe” will change this resolve. Let Adamu and his gang of anti-democratic forces know that Osun election is not the APC, where imposition is the most acceptable route to leadership. Our people will vote and it will count.”
The statement called on President Buhari not to allow those attempting to tarnish his legacy of leaving a legacy of credible elections behind to succeed.
“We hereby appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to reign on Adamu and anyone who seek to prevent Osun people from choosing their Governor. We recognize President Buhari’s efforts to leave a legacy of credible election and impress on him not to watch Adamu and some members of the APC to frustrate it.
“As a party, we are committed to a free and fair election, and as expected in a democracy, prepared to subscribe to the will of electorate. This is why we would not accept any attempt to rig the forthcoming governorship election, no matter who is involved. We will defend the will of electorate by all lawful means,” it added.