The APC Campaign Council for the Osun Governorship Election has instructed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to boycott the rerun of the governorship election if it become not comfy with the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Council said this even as advising its members in the regions wherein the nation’s election rerun might be hung on Thursday to disregard the rantings of the opposition and turn out en masse to vote for the ruling party.
Reacting to the hazard by way of the PDP to drag INEC to court, APC said the opposition party, after failing to win Saturday’s election in any respect value, became searching for an illegal shortcut to victory by means of threatening a court docket motion over an difficulty that has been settled with the aid of the Supreme Court.
In a declaration in Abuja via the Chairman of the Council’s Media Committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Council said the danger via the PDP to undertaking, in court, INEC’s assertion of last Saturday’s election as inconclusive became nothing but sheer bravado, specially as the competition party is terrified of losing the rerun.
It said the PDP can also have contrived the court docket ‘sthreat as a manner of distracting the APC and its members in advance of the rerun, pronouncing that the distraction approach was useless on arrival.
”The PDP knows that the so-called court challenge which it has threatened to mount will not fly, especially because the highest court in the land has already pronounced on the issue of whether or not INEC has the powers to declare an election inconclusive,” the statement continued.
”The PDP is not unaware of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court in the case of James Abiodun Faleke Vs INEC and others, that INEC has the duty of conducting elections and that, besides the constitutional provisions, it is guided by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and
the Election Guidelines and Manual issued for its officials in accordance with the Act,” the Council said.
The APC Council said that since the PDP had boasted that its candidate will win if the Osun Governorship Election is conducted over and over again, the party should stop being jittery and put its money where its mouth is by willingly participating in the rerun.
It said, however, that if the PDP chooses to boycott Thursday’s rerun out of fear, the party’s right to do so will be respected.
”The PDP, after its failed mission to win Saturday’s election at all cost, is shopping for an illegal shortcut to victory by threatening a court action over an issue that has been settled. It’s a sheer waste of time. Let the PDP drop its pretension and get ready to be defeated in Thursday’s rerun. Alternatively, it can withdraw to save face.”