OSOGBO—As the Justice Elizabeth Ikpejieme governorship tribunal hearing complaints against the results of Osun August 9 polls prepares to give its judgment, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of allegedly funding its supporters for violence.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo yesterday, the party’s state Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said APC regarded as “security risk” the jubilation predicated on misinformation by PDP members after parties adopted their final written addresses.
It will be recalled that some PDP members that witnessed the adoption of final written addresses by the parties before the Justice Elizabeth Ekpejime-led panel, in jubilation, moved through some major streets in Osogbo, the state capital.
The party however said it was alerting the security agents in the state to be on their guard and disallow the PDP from creating mayhem by spreading falsehood, capable of disturbing the peace about the proceedings of the tribunal.
Meanwhile, the state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa, in a separate statement said: “Our party supporters knew why they went to the street. Those of them at the court heard the proceeding. They heard what the lawyers of both parties said. Lawyers of APC admitted that the figure recorded for the party was inflated. Our expatriate scanned our votes and found them valid. The only thing their lawyer was saying was that we did not contest other wards.
“ We contested the result of the areas we felt irregularities took place, and the result of our effort is what we have now. Their over 394,684 votes have been reduced to 234,971 while our own remains at 292,747. Can you now see who is lying? I am not surprised because I know they are good at telling and spreading lies, using the media. Propaganda is the weapon they always rely on. But as it is now, the people have come to realize that the mandate they gave to Otunba will soon be returned to him.”