The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Saturday’s governorship poll, Senator Iyiola Omisore, lost “fairly”.
The party was reacting to Omisore’s remarks that his defeat to Rauf Aregbesola of APC was due to the damage done to him and his party by the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Rufus Akeju.
Omisore said: “We had a situation where a clearly partisan REC had opened the entire electoral system to our opponent from the registration stage through data storage to personnel loading… Before he left, he did a lot of harm in the system that would take years to rectify”.
But in a statement yesterday by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, APC said: “To accuse the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Akeju, especially, is the hallmark of a man in delusional stupor. He has not been able to climb down from his high horse of living a lie.
“Omisore lost fair and square because the people rejected him for his notoriety as a violently–disposed individual. Secondly, he offered nothing to the people except to promise the destruction of everything the people were enjoying from Aregbesola’s administration. He presented himself to the people as a destroyer, not a builder, and instilled fear in the hearts of Osun people.
“That was why, in spite of the security apparatus of the Nigerian state put at his disposal and that of Osun PDP; the terrorist marksmen from Bayelsa State brought to Osun by Asari Dokubo and Tompolo; and the army of thugs within the state available to Omisore and the PDP, they could neither persuade nor intimidate the people to vote for them.
“That Omisore cannot figure out why he suffered such a defeat shows the shallowness of his intellect and the immaturity of his political engagement. We hope the committee he set up to find out why he lost the election will detect the fraud and the lie in which they had lived, deluding themselves that Aregbesola was ‘unpopular’ in the state.
“Omisore knew when he was about to cast his vote that the odds were against him. In one brief moment, he was forced to say a little prayer (maybe for forgiveness) before he voted.
“He talked about fraud by INEC without producing a shred of evidence. He is just setting up a committee to look for that fraud. The path of honour, if he has any left, is to accept defeat honourably and move on”.