The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said there would have been no room for a rerun in Osun state if the Peoples Democratic Party PDP were in power as the opposition party would have used state institutions to hijack the election proper, as it did in Ekiti in 2014.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared the Osun governorship poll inconclusive and scheduled a rerun for Thursday.
In a statement issued today, Mohammed who is chairman of All Progressives Congress Campaign council for the Osun election, said in the spirit of “true democracy” the ruling party did not prevent state institutions from carrying out their duties.
The minister described the call of PDP that Adeleke be declared winner of the election as “excessive grandstanding.” He said rather than resort to threats, the PDP could either go to court or decide not to participate in the rerun.
Mohammad noted that local and foreign observers have hailed INEC and the security agencies for a well-organized election. He also commended the Osun people for deepening the country’s democracy by “eschewing violence and exercising their franchise in orderly manner.”