FORMER Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Monday joined list of prominent Nigerians calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the party’s governorship candidate in last Saturday’s governorship poll, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the exercise, declaring that the good people of Osun had spoken by freely electing him with their votes.

Chief George, who is also the Atona Odua of Yorubaland, made the call in a signed statement titled: “The People of Osun have Spoken,” saying it was rather disturbing for INEC to now concoct an unnecessary stalemate over the argument on cancelled votes that now made it declare the exercise as inconclusive.

“INEC must as a matter of justice, fairness and the codification of the rule of law and constitutional primacy declare Senator Adeleke as the rightful winner,” George said, even as he warned against turning the entire country to a battlefield.

According to the PDP chieftain, the people of Osun have chosen Senator Adeleke as the next Governor to preside over their affairs for the next four years, describing the victory secured by him as clear, unambiguous and well earned.

“Senator Adeleke was the people’s choice. Mr Gboyega Oyetola, the APC candidate was defeated regardless of the narrow margin,” he said.


“It is rather disturbing for the INEC to now concoct an unnecessary stalemate. Cancelled votes remain cancelled, removed from the total votes. Where then did they manufacture a so-called inconclusive election?” George queried.

The PDP chieftain contended that the declaration by INEC that the election was inconclusive had no bearing with the country’s electoral law, declaring the move as a blatant fraud which might trigger a dangerous recourse for Nigeria’s democracy.

According to Chief George, the PDP candidate, Senator Adeleke, fulfilled all the necessary electoral requirements for his well-deserved victory, declaring that there was “no extant electoral stipulation for a so-called rerun farcical dramatization.”

While maintaining that Adeleke won the Osun governorship and, therefore, must be declared the winner by INEC “as a matter of justice, fairness and the codification of the rule of law and constitutional primacy,” the Atona of Odua of Yorubaland said the will of the people must prevail, warning that no attempt must be made to conflagrate this country as it happened in 1963 “Operation Wetie.”

“The will of the people must prevail. We must not conflagrate this nation. The dark experience of 1963 that reverberated across the South-West and that eventually consumed our nation began with this similar attempt to thwart the will of the people.

“This nation must never go through this road again. The whole world is watching. We must not set this country ablaze. The agents of doom and destruction must never prevail,” Chief George said.

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