As controversy trails Osun West Senatorial bye election, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday warned Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to postpone the election.
The party added that it will resist any such development and would not yield to any blackmail.
Recall that the election was fixed for July 8, but the PDP said that their are secret move to postpone the election.
Sheriff, in a statement by the party spokesman, Hon. Bernard Mikko, said, “the attention of the Peoples Democratic Party has been drawn to subterranean efforts of the government of Osun state to precipitate the postponement of the Osun West Senatorial Bye Election from Saturday July 8, to an ostensibly preferred and predetermined date.
“In the meeting of stakeholders last week at the Osun West Senatorial headquarters in Iwo, Mr. Emmanuel Ademusire, who is the INEC state director of administration assured all the political parties that the July 8 date for the Osun West Senatorial bye election was irrevocably sacrosanct and announced the deployment of five INEC commissioners to oversee the election.
“We are therefore constrained to warn that any attempt to yield to the antics of these undemocratic forces using spurious or fake security report as an excuse will not be tolerated.”
Sheriff cautioned those behind the move that Nigerians are wise enough to know the antic of desperate politicians.
“Nigerians are sufficiently enlightened to understand the antics of desperate politicians that may want to use their privileged positions to undermine our electoral process and put our democracy in peril.
“The legitimacy of our leaders is hinged on a credible, fair and transparent electoral process and once the confidence of the electorate is lacking in the electoral umpire, our hard earned democracy will be in jeopardy,” Sheriff said.
The party pointed out that their will yield to any blackmail, calling on the civil society and other concern members to note this development.
“While it is our hope that the electoral body will not yield to any subterranean blackmail to shift the date of the election from Saturday July 8, it has become imperative for civil society organizations, pro-democracy activists, election monitoring groups and members of the diplomatic community to be vigilant and ensure that all stakeholders abide by the rules and refrain from changing the goal post at the middle of the game.
“Upholding the tenets of democracy and the rule of law is the only way to credible and transparent electoral process in the conduct of the Osun West Senatorial bye election on Saturday July 8,” the party said.