• OSUN RERUN: PDP should be thankful for ‘true democracy’ under Buhari— Lai Muhammed Speaks up Again

  • Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should, rather than bemoan the declaration of inconclusive election and scheduling of a rerun in the Osun governorship election, be grateful for the display of the spirit of “true democracy” by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Mohammed said were the PDP still in power, there would have been no rerun in Osun State.

    In a statement on Monday, Mohammed who is chairman of APC campaign council for the Osun election, said in the spirit of “true democracy”, the ruling party did not interfere with state institutions in the discharge of their responsibilities.

    The minister described the call of the PDP that Adeleke be declared winner of the election as “excessive grandstanding.”

    He said rather than resort to threats, the PDP should either go to court or decide not to participate in the rerun.

    “In its time, there would have been no room for a supplementary election in Osun because the PDP would have used state institutions to hijack the election proper, as it did in Ekiti in 2014,” the statement read.

    “But in its deafening hysteria, the PDP pretends not to understand the real meaning of the outcome of the Osun election – that the ruling APC did nothing to prevent the state institutions that organised the election from carrying out their duties, in the spirit of true democracy.

    “Local and foreign observers have hailed INEC and the security agencies for a well-organised election. We join them in this commendation.

    “Our confidence in the ability of the relevant state institutions involved in the Osun election remains unshaken. So also is our belief that every disagreement resulting from the election must be resolved through the democratic process, rather than a resort to threats of fire and brimstone.

    “Rather than resort to threats, like the PDP is doing now, the APC simply submitted to the democratic process and the supplementary election was peacefully conducted in 91 polling units across 18 of the 21 local governments in the state. Where were these emergency, ready-for-hire analysts then?”

    Mohammed commended the Osun people for deepening the country’s democracy by “eschewing violence and exercising their franchise in orderly manner.”

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