The Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has voiced its strong condemnation of former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adam Oshiomole, following his recent admission of deploying significant funds to influence the 2019 elections in Kwara State.
The party has labeled Oshiomole as a symbol of shame to Nigeria’s democracy and a disgrace to comradeship.
Oshiomole, who currently serves as a Senator representing Edo North at the National Assembly, made the startling revelation during a book launch where he boasted of using money to oust Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara during the 2019 general elections.
In a swift reaction, the Kwara PDP, through its State Publicity Secretary, Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments), called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to summon Oshiomole for what it deemed a voluntary confession of vote buying.
The party also criticized Oshiomole for being a symbol of shame to the nation’s growing democracy and a disgrace to comradeship.
The statement issued by Sholyments expressed the party’s belief that Oshiomole’s admission supports their claim that the 2019 elections in Kwara were not conducted democratically but were rather a political coup orchestrated to dislodge Saraki.
The Kwara PDP emphasized that Oshiomole’s public confession of engaging in vote-buying politics is a serious violation of Nigerian law.
The party urged the EFCC to initiate an investigation into Oshiomole’s admission, stating that it aligns with the legal definition of a punishable offense.
The party questioned the apparent double standard in dealing with electoral offenses, highlighting the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for minor infractions while a national figure openly admitting to such practices goes unpunished.
The statement concluded by calling on relevant parliamentary bodies to investigate Oshiomole’s conduct and hold him accountable for undermining the credibility of the legislative institution.
It stressed the urgent need for comprehensive electoral reforms and the strengthening of institutions to safeguard the integrity of Nigeria’s democracy.
The Kwara PDP expressed disappointment at witnessing a national lawmaker like Oshiomole engaging in actions that not only defy democratic values but also erode public trust in the political system.