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Osun rerun a rape of Democracy, says Ogunbiyi

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A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Akin Ogunbiyi, has denounced the Thursday’s Osun state governorship re-run election as a rape of democracy and temporary setback which should not stand.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Afolabi Ismail, he alleged that the exercise was anti-democratic and far from being free, fair and credible.

He noted that intimidation of voters, harassment of PDP leaders, journalists and domestic observers during the exercise were clear affirmation of the ruling All Progressives Party’s desperation to win at all cost using government institutions and thugs.

“It is regrettable that a normal electoral process that should be free and fair turned into a theatre of war” Ogunbiyi lamented and also sympathised with the families of those who lost their loved ones or brutalised during the re-run election.

Several reports from observers also noted that the Thursday’s rerun election was marred by irregularities and intimidation perpetrated by political thugs despite the huge deployment of security operatives at the polling units.

An election monitoring group, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), also faulted the rerun election in Osun State as anti-democratic.

The CDD noted that the number of the incidents recorded during the poll have undermined the sanctity of the vote and the overall credibility of the electoral process.

“We hold strongly the view that the re-run poll of Thursday, September 27, 2018, does not meet up with the minimum standards for free, fair and credible elections,” the CDD said in a statement.

“It falls short of global best practices in democratic elections which Nigeria aspires towards,” it added.

Despite the irregularities reported by journalists and observers, INEC officials at the collation centre all said the election went on smoothly.

Ogunbiyi, who was one of the aspirants that lost in the party primary to Adeleke Ademola, extolled the Ede-born candidate, the PDP governorship candidate and the entire party for putting up a good fight and also urged him to use every legitimate means to reclaim his mandate, affirming that the battle is not over.

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Osun PDP forms coalition with Labour party to defeat APC

In a bid to ensure the victory of the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun governorship election, a chieftain of the party, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi on Tuesday wooed prominent members of the Labour Party to support the PDP.

With the state’s election holding in four days time, Ogunbiyi made this request while meeting with Labour Party’s bigwigs in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun.

In a statement signed by Ismail Afolabi, Ogunbiyi’s spokesperson, the former governorship aspirant said PDP is the viable alternative to the ruling All PC in Osun and therefore urged members of LP to align with it in order to defeat APC on Saturday.

“PDP is the most viable alternative to APC. We have to come together to dislodge the ruling party and restore the hope of Osun people,” Ogunbiyi said.

He called on the supporters of the sister opposition party to throw their weight behind PDP so as to dislodge the ruling party and emancipate Osun people.

“We are all on the same page in our struggle to build Osun of our dream. However, the political reality on ground requires a strong coalition and unity of purpose.”

Moved by Ogunbiyi’s statesmanship, the Labour Party’s bigwigs renounced their membership of their party and declared support for PDP.