2019:PDP Set To Reclaim Osun State From APC?

By Nwangwu Uba

 The coast is clear for the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP to reclaim Osun state  from the ruling All progressive Congress, APC.  this is because   the Federal Appeal Court  of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, has set aside the Judgment of an Abuja High Court  which had  disqualified  Senator Ademola Adeleke, the party governorship Candidate, from contesting the last September, 2018, election in the state, on the allegation of  not having  a valid  West African School Certificate Examination, WAEC, Certificate.

Note that the APC, had used the alleged no WAEC Certificate allegation   to scuttle  Adeleke’s political ambition of ruling the state  despite the Tribunal ruling. Undaunted,  the Osun PDP  Senator, who believes, he won the state  governorship  election ,given  all the documentary evidence he had  tendered at the state Election Tribunal, which gave judgment on the matter declaring him the winner . The Appeal Court Judgment , according to  political analysts, was  a morale  booster to  the PDP  governorship Candidate in the Osun state election and ready to slug it out  with Oyetola, the current APC , governor of the state at the Supreme Court without relenting.

 He was said to have  encouraged  his legal team to not to lose sight of the fact that they have a good case  at the Supreme Court in spite of the fact that  that Oyebola and his party , were  the one that had dragged  him and the PDP to the apex Court.

Senator Ademola Adeleke: Set To Make History In Osun State

 The ruling APC P in the state  may have sent a signal to the PDP  that it  would not  sit by and watch  its , Candidate , take over  the state on a mere pronouncement of the Appeal  Court It is not surprising why the party is pursuing the  case at the Supreme Court with all seriousness to  quash the ruling of the Tribunal which  declared Adeleke, the PDP, Candidate the winner of the governor election in the state.

A close source at the Osun government House at Osogbo, told The Value News, that no sooner the  presiding Judge gave  his Judgment o the Case than Gboyega   Oyetola, the state governor  and his aides  including his  legal team were said to have gone  back to the drawing the board to perfect their legal documents to avoid  creating legal hoopholes  for the Opposition PDP to cash on  at the Supreme Court .  The party, according to sources are still holding on to the belief that Adeleke, the PDP Candidate has no valid Certificate and therefore, not qualified to contest the governorship election, let alone rule Osun state.  

It was learnt that  Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and the Party National leader and  Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state, who incidentally is the National Chairman , have thrown their weight behind  Oyetola,  who many fear may t lose  his exalted position  at the Supreme Court, where  those who understands  the Constitution better  may be forced to  take another look at the Appeal Court Judgment and and  give their own ruling on the case.  the APC  governor of Osun state has maintained  that Adeleke, his closest  rival during the last governorship in the state has no valid Certificate.

 While  the Oyetola  camp may be  licking their wound, over   the Appeal Court Judgment, it has thrown the Adeleke  amp into  jubilation as  people now  see him as governor in waiting in the state.  There is no gainsaying the fact that if the APC, should lose  the Osun governorship election at the Supreme Court, it would  become the second state to be lost by the party . The first state, Zamfara, was lost  to the Opposition PDP, at the instance of  INEC, based on the  facts on the ground that  the Candidates presented  for the election in the state  to the National Assembly,  state Assembly and  the governorship position were imposed on the party. The APC,  on its part  may have provided the  ammunition   for the electoral umpire to apply the sledge hammer by  upturning the victory of the APC in the state   in favour of the Opposition PDP, which came  a distant second  during the election into the various  elective offices in the state because of the internal rivalry in the party.  

 Recall that some aggrieve members of the party and   had gone  to Court to  challenge the  Candidates   presented by the Party for the election , insisting that  there was no authentic primaries in the state.  They had the accused the  Oshiomhole led  National Executive Council, NEC,  of the party of conniving  with the state Executive, and Abdulaziz  Yari, the state governor  and then Chairman, of Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, to impose the Candidates,  who were not the popular  choice of the party members on the sate. The case  was dragged  to the Supreme Court  which ruled  that the did not hold a valid primary to select Candidates for the various elective offices in the state ,  and thus order Mahmud YAkubu, a Professor and INEC, Chairman,  to declare  the rival PDP Candidates  winner of the elections in the state.

  The fallout was that Muhtar Idris, who had earlier been declared winner by INEC, and issued Certificate of return  lost the  position to  Bello Matawalle,  who has  sent a signal to  armed bandits , armed robbers, Kinappers and other Criminal elements operating in the state to repent or  face the full weight of the Law.

President  Muhammadu Buhari may not have made any  comment on the Zamfara incident because he believes  that  INEC, officials are doing their job. The loss of Zamfara state  to the Opposition PDP may have informed the reason why the plot  to remove Oshiomole as  the  national Chairman of the party  is gain ground in the  party circles daily.   Top on the ist of those calling for his head in the party are Senator Lawal Shuaibu,  the party Deputy National Chairman,   Yahaya Abdulkarim, a former governor of old Sokoto state , Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo state, who had wanted Uche Nwosu,   his son-In Law,  to succeed him   but lost out to  Emeka Ikedioha, a former  Deputy Speaker, House of  ad the PDP Cdidate  as the governor of the state.  

Okorocha had blamed the loss of the state to  PDP to Oshiomhole and had vowed to fight back. The  former Emperor of Imo state had dragged  the former labour activist , turned politician to the Katsina state born Nigerian President’s Court but that was how far he could go. He had been joined in the protest by Ibikunle Amosun and Yari, both former governors of Ogun and Zamfara respectively. Many fear that it would be a miracle if  Oshiomhole survives the strong opposition against him in the party as these  political gladiators that have the ears of the President. The refusal of the President to speak on the matter speaks volume, fueling speculation that he may rijip the political architecture of the APC, to suit  his second term in office.

 Meanwhile Odegie  Oyegun, a one-time  governor of Edo  state who was removed  as the National Chairman of the party to pave way for Oshiomhole  to step into his shoes , may be laughing at those who ploted his removal, beccause of  the troubles that had befallen the party since the last general elections: losing Seats to the Opposition PDP, including governorship Seats. Already Atiku Abubkar,  a former Vice President and business Mogul, and who incidentally was the PDP , Presidential Candidate in the February 3, 2019,  election  is  still pushing to wrestle power from Buhari at the Tribunal.  there are indicatons  that his legal teams are waiting in the wings to appeal  against the Tribunal ruling  if their client loses at the Tribunal. Political watchers believe that the APC , officials  and the President are holding tenaciously to the presidency and would never  lose it  to the rival to PDP  having put its House in order  to argue with one voice at the Tribunal.

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