The deputy governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Justice Olamide Oloyede (retd) has blasted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring the Osun State governorship election inconclusive, reminding the electoral body that “whatever we do today will become history in the future.”
Mrs. Oloyede told the Punch in Osogbo on Monday, that the cancellation of votes in those polling units were orchestrated before the poll, describing it was unfortunate that INEC allowed itself to be used to rob the people of the state.
According to her, the PDP candidate Mr. Adeleke should have been declared winner of Saturday’s governorship election.
She said, “The people have spoken and that is the beauty of democracy. What the people said should be allowed to stand and whatever we do today will become history in the future.
“There have been antecedents, Kogi State is one, Oshiomhole’s case is another one. The cancelled votes were not deducted from the voters and they did not affect the winners of the elections in any way.
“That is why I am a bit worried now. I am worried and I said to myself, why are they making Osun State an exemption in this case? Once you cancelled votes, they no longer form parts of the valid votes. So why will you now be deducting cancelled votes in this case? What kind of mathematics is INEC now involved in?
“It is rather an orchestrated thing. I was told by somebody before the election that votes from these areas would be cancelled but I did not believe the person. I was shocked when what he said came to pass. What he said was very accurate and I began to wonder because this is strange.”
Mrs. Oloyede was retired by the National Judicial Council for criticising the All Progressives Congress’ administration led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.