Osun Election: ‘Declare Adeleke Winner’ – Mark Charges INEC

A former President of the Senate and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator David Mark, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do the needful by declaring Senator Ademola Adeleke winner of the last Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State.

Mark, in a statement in Abuja Monday, said it was incontrovertible that results announced by the electoral umpire showed that Adeleke of the PDP scored the majority of the lawful votes cast, Punch writes.

He said: “The declaration of the election by INEC as inconclusive is setting a dangerous precedence and ultimately a threat to democracy.”

He maintained that the election complied with all known electoral guidelines and was therefore conclusive arguing that the only logical thing to do was to declare Adeleke the winner forthwith.

“INEC should demonstrate its independence. This twist is an affront to the good people of Osun State and Nigerians whose wishes are being manipulated.

“The All Progressives Congress must accept the result of the Osun governorship election. 

“This antic of changing the rules of the game when it does not favour them is a dangerous phenomenon and a serious threat to democracy.

“Our party, the PDP has been law abiding. We have always complied even in extreme and glaring cases of infractions against us. 

“I expect the APC to lead by example and accept the verdict of the Osun election as expressed by the majourity of the Osun people.”

Mark, however, called on members of the PDP to remain calm, stressing that justice will prevail in Osun governorship election.

The rerun poll between the PDP and APC is scheduled for Thursday.

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