Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party lost last Saturday’s governorship election because he had been rejected by the people of the state.
The governor, who said this on Tuesday through his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, in Osogbo, on Tuesday, said he was not bothered by Omisore’s plan to challenge the election result at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Okanlawon, who spoke with our correspondent in a telephone interview, said Omisore’s going to the tribunal would help democracy because he had the right to seek legal redress if he was not satisfied with the outcome of the poll.
He said, “Going to the tribunal his Omisore’s democratic right. It is his right to so do if he believes that the process of the election was not transparent enough and the outcome of it does not represent his popularity.
“When he lost the election into Senate in 2011, we challenged him to go to the tribunal but he refused. Now that he has summoned the courage to go he should go ahead.
“If he believes that the election was not properly conducted he should go to court; that will be better than causing violence.”
The governor’s media aide said that his principal could not speak for the former Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, whom Omisore accused of colluding with the All Progressives Congress to compromise voter registration.
He said, “Akeju should defend himself. Omisore and the PDP campaigned for the removal of Akeju and he was removed. Akeju was removed yet Omisore is still complaining and blaming the man for his defeat. Nobody is bothered by his threat to go to court.”
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