Mr Ibrahim Adeoti, the Unity Party of
Nigeria (UPN) candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun,
said on Friday that the party lacked the power to disqualify him.
Adeoti said this in Osogbo in an interview.
The UPN, in a statement signed by its National
Chairman,Dr Fredrick Fasheun, said that it did not field any candidate
to contest the election.
Adeoti said the statement was “laughable and illogical’’, considering
the guidelines for disqualification of candidates set out by INEC in
the Electoral Act.
He said that he was still in the race for Saturday’s election on the
platform of UPN.
“On what ground can a candidate be disqualified barely 48 hours to an
election by a political party.
“The excuse of Dr Fasheun that the process that produced my
candidacy was flawed at the eve of election was not only spurious but
‘’I want to categorically say to the people of Osun that I remain the
candidate of the UPN for the Aug.9 gubernatorial election in the
state, and nothing can change that fact,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Niyi Opadokun, the Head, Department of Political Parties
at INEC office in Osogbo, told NAN that the commission had not
received any letter from the UPN disqualifying Adeoti.
He explained that Adeoti was still among the 20 candidates that would
contest the election on the platform of UPN