PDP asks Osun people to ignore council elections as APC flags-off campaign tomorrow

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, reiterated its warning to Governor Gboyega Oyetola-led government over the council elections slated for October 15.

The party asked the state government to drop the idea of going ahead with the scheduled council polls in the state, noting that illegally elected officials would not last beyond November 27 once Senator Ademola Adeleke takes over reigns.

PDP, in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle, said the planned exercise by the All Progressives Congress in the state was a waste of scarce resources and a continuation of the party’s ploy to throw the state into confusion.

While calling on Osun people to stay away from the polls he described as “sham that has no benefit for the state,” Adekunle said: “anyone who emerged from the illegal election will be dissolved after November 27. The reason for this is simply because our party will never condone any act of illegality, which is the clear reflection of the planned exercise.

“The position of our party remains that laws should be a guiding principle, and not the shenanigan we have seen so far.

“It is on this note that we want to call on Osun people to stay away from this illegality by not participating in the exercise. The implication of joining APC in its voyage of illegality is a costly one especially for our struggling state, which has tones of obligations unmet, particularly pension arrears.”

“At the appropriate time and in line with the laws, our party will conduct council elections and bring about the right government for people at the grassroots, not the charade that APC is planning,” he added.

Meanwhile, APC in the state has said it was going ahead with the polls, adding that campaigns would commence on Tuesday.

The party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and its Secretary, Alao Kamoru, in a statement, said: “the inauguration of the flag-off of the campaign for the chairmanship, vice chairmanship and councillorship candidates of our party would hold on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the state party secretariat, Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo, at 9:00am.”