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Osun APC heads to tribunal to challenge Adeleke’s Victory

Tribunal strikes out INEC’s application to stall presentation of Adeleke’s certificates in court

Gboyega Famodun, chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Osun State on Thursday said that the party has concluded plans to challenge the outcome of the July 16, 2022 governorship election at the Election Petitions Tribunal.

Famodun said the party is ready to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Ademola Adeleke to the Elections Petitions Tribunal.

Addressing a press conference held at the party Secretariat in Osogbo, the APC chairman told members of the party not to be discouraged by what had happened that the party would reclaim its mandate through legal means.

Famodun, said legal counsels of the party and its candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola told them they have a very good case at the Tribunal.

He said: “We are going to the Tribunal and our lawyers have let us know that we have good cases at the Tribunal.

Speaking on the allegations of anti party activities leveled against the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and his loyalists, Famodun said the party had set up a machinery to investigate them in their different wards.

He said, “Whether the party’s constitution allows punishment of any earring member. As it is, there is a room for discipline within the party constitution but it must be legally followed.

“We have set up a machinery to investigate the activities of these individuals in their different wards, we will get a report from the ward chairmen as to how they have been behaving in their wards in the past few years.

“It will be interesting to know that we are so magnanimous enough. that some of them had not been showing up with the party for the past three years.

“They threw caution into the wind as they believe that what they are doing is quite right. So we called for the ward chairmen to write a report on all of them and the constitution of the party will be used to deal with their different offences as it occurs to us.”

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On their call for restructuring, Famodun said, “One would have thought that the appropriate place for Aregbesola and his group to canvas for the restructuring of any party is Senator Ademola Adeleke’s Ede country home whom they voted for with flaunted pride.

“If we may ask, at what point did it occur to Aregbesola and his rebellious followers that the political party that they had abandoned for about three years which they have been working against needs restructuring?

“Did the Adeleke Dynasty not fund your series of campaigns of calumny against Oyetola and the leadership of the party at the Aregbesola Campaign Office where you converge every Thursday with the task of scrambling to outdo one another in lampooning Oyetola’s administration and the leadership of the party?

“If they all have conscience, it would not be out of tune for the said top members and their leaders to do an individualistic soul-searching and ask themselves if they are indeed worthy to be called the members of our party again by their obnoxious actions and inactions which partly contributed to the temporary loss of our party’s governorship election in Osun State.

Asked whether the party still had confidence in Aregbesola being a Minister representing us in Osun, the APC chairman threw the question back to the party members and unanimously responded no.