The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s election in Osun State, Senator Christopher Iyiola Omisore, has stated that there is no going back on his and PDP’s resolve to challenge the result of the election won by Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Election Petition Tribunal.
Omisore, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, said his campaign team and the party have uncovered how the election was manipulated in favour of the APC in the state.
He declared that the outcome of the poll did not reflect the wishes of the people of the state, adding that based on the development, he would challenge the result of the election at the Elections Petition Tribunal.
“Meanwhile, the secretary of the election tribunal has called for submission of petitions relating to the last governorship election not later than 21days after the exercise.
Omisore said: “I have resolved to continue to provide leadership until Osun State of our dream is realised. Let it be known that our people would no longer be taken for granted as we have opened the floodgate of democratic challenge, which no force on earth can stop.
“I shall be at the forefront as our people keep pressing for the real dividends of democracy and the expansion of the democratic space in our dear state. In the meantime, the party is presently analyzing the results of the elections against field reports and we shall be making public our findings and the appropriate steps to be taken accordingly.
“The election has been fought in every nook and cranny of our state in the last few months. We traversed the length and breadth of Osun with our eight points agenda to give a new paradigm for governance and lift our people out of the abyss of want and decadence.
“In the course of our campaigns, I saw a people traumatised and fervently hopeful of beneficial change. It did not escape my notice that many of the people in our towns and villages who trooped to campaign grounds bore scars of neglect, extreme poverty and excruciating suffering.
“It was clear they were desirous of good governance with a touch of humanity. They longed for a leadership that is full of empathy and could lift them out of despair and despondency. We came into this race to make that difference in their lives and offer hope in the land.
“It was not a race we came into unmindful of some of the odds stacked against us. For instance, we had a situation where a clearly partisan Resident Electoral Commissioner had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from registration stage through data storage to personnel loading. Though the leadership of INEC eventually took him out of the state weeks to the elections, he already did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify.
“In spite of this and the fact that all democratic structures in the state are in the hands of our opponent, our supporters despite harassment from my opponent still fought gallantly in every polling unit in the state to achieve the result we posted in this election.
“The governorship election is just an event in that process of the quest for a new Osun State where our people would live a happy life of fulfilment where the goods of the land are served to all and not only those who are privileged to be in power. Our participation and the outcome of the elections have shown the huge potential of our party in Osun State in the days ahead,” Omisore said.