PDP says Oyetola is illegitimate interim governor of Osun State

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has said that the newly sworn in governor of the state, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola is an “interim governor whose legitimacy is questionable in the eyes of the public.”

Oyetola was sworn in yesterday at Oshogbo City Stadium in Oshogbo having won a disputed governorship election held on September 22.

He succeeds Mr. Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who became governor on November 27, 2010.

But in a statement signed, the PDP chairman in Osun, Mr. Soji Adagunodo said the process, which led to the declaration of the APC candidate as winner of the Osun governorship election by INEC, “was riddled with the most brazen form of electoral robbery ever witnessed since the return of democratic rule in Nigeria.”

“The shameful conduct of the supposed electoral umpire and security agents especially during the supplementary election held on the 27th of September leaves a sour taste in the mouth of everyone with conscience and has remained a talking point in local and global political discourse.

“What further makes the legitimacy of the man being sworn in as governor stand on a shaky ground are the myriad of damming reports issued by a combination of local and foreign observers, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the US, UK and EU missions and several others who witnessed the horrendous brutalisation of voters, harassment of journalists, open display of bias by electoral and security officials as well as other infractions committed against the people of Osun State during the so-called supplementary election,” he said.

Meanwhile, Oyetola said his administration marked a new beginning in the state, promising to deliver Osun for the president in 2019.

He said he would ensure that Osun people felt positive effects of the progressive government in the state.

He also said that his administration would ensure prompt payment of workers’ salaries.

The governor also said he would increase the revenue base, job creation, boost agriculture and food security as well accessible education and health. He said: “My administration will promote growth, job creation, social protection and upgrade in standard of living of the people,” he added.

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