The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described the reported call by the Peoples Democratic Party for a rerun of the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state as an indication that the PDP and one of its major promoters, ex-Governor Ibikunle Amosun, are “sore losers.”
The APC through its state Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, in a statement released on Sunday in Abeokuta, said such a vile call, coming barely a few minutes after the declaration of results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, “could only have come from people who knew of their electoral loss well ahead”.
The statement read, “It is unfortunate that we have to react to this baseless demand purportedly from PDP but intriguingly published by one of Amosun’s lackeys even when major newspapers are yet to report or give details of the governorship election results.
“The just retired former political gladiators should first go back home and drink water and relax even as they lick their wounds. With their failure at the polls, it is still appearing to them as a dream because it is unbelievable to them that they could lose the election despite the humongous ill-gotten wealth and violence that the grandstanders displayed and deployed.
It is a big shame, glaring disrespect for the dead, and an acute moral deficiency for the PDP’s guber candidate, Ladi Adebutu, to involve the name of his late mother in record-breaking electoral bribery; the scale of which has never been witnessed in the annals of politics not only in Ogun state but also in Nigeria.”
Citing the case of the PDP agent arrested in Ado Odo-Ota by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the APC noted that though it is charitable to set up a foundation in one’s late mother’s name; however, it is “most uncharitable, unacceptable, and ridiculous” to use such an otherwise good gesture as an avenue to induce voters.
They urged their supporters to keep faith with them and just like their governor, be magnanimous in victory, avoid provocation, and report any threat to peace to the nearest police station.