Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded Osun State election has mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate over the outcome of the Osun governorship election.
Adeleke said the people are sad because they were robbed.
A statement by Olawale Rasheed, his campaign spokesman, said the state was in mourning over a documented assault on democracy and violent electoral robbery streamed live worldwide on Thursday.
“Across Osun today, there is no jubilation, no celebration; the state is in deeply in a sad mood.
“Our people were violently robbed; their mandate was forcefully snatched and unwanted leadership imposed on them. Ever since the creation of the state, this is clearly the darkest moment.
“Almost all election stakeholders attested to the blood soaking process where a gangster-like operation was conducted to subvert the will of the people for the imposition of a rejected leadership.
“Leaders of thought from all parts of the country are appalled by the open theft and the danger it portends for our nascent democracy.
“As most critical state institutions are compromised and shamelessly partisan, the Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organisation will still explore all democratic means to restore and retrieve the stolen mandate.
“We are determined to continue the political struggle by seeking judicial redress for the sake of democracy, our people and the future of our dear country.
“We extend our appreciation to the great people of Osun state for their unrivalled support from the beginning to the end of this flawed electoral process.
“You stand by us for democracy to prevail but anti-democratic forces trampled on you to temporarily deny us that sweet victory. It is not over.
“We also congratulate journalists, election monitors and observers for standing by the truth. Your fair and equitable role exposed the reprehensible electoral robbery.
“We still need you to be on guard as Osun state has signalled more ominous sign of what to expect in the near future.
“We cannot but pay homage to the memories of our party members who lost their lives during the poll. We commiserate with the families. We send our sympathy to our members who were attacked and incarcerated.
“Our pain is for democracy. No matter how dark the night may be, daylight will prevail. We salute the courage of our leaders and party members.
“We put up a good fight. We win this contest but we were openly cheated. We salute citizen activists and Nigerians from all walks of lives for defending and standing with us and democracy.
“That stolen mandate of Osun people will be retrieved and good day shall come and our people shall rejoice.”
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