Osun Election: LP candidate vows to defeat APC, PDP

“Both APC and the PDP are parties of grasses without roots.”

The Labour Party, LP, candidate in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Fatai Akinbade, has dismissed his poor rating in a voters’ survey ahead of the polls as a “mere academic exercise,” saying he was confident of winning the election.

In a statement, Wednesday, Mr. Akinbade said that his poor placement at the survey would not dim his chances of winning the election.

TNS-RMS, a member of Gallup International, had released a survey, last week, that showed the All Progressives Congress, APC, dominating on all critical indicators.

According to the survey, the LP polled a negligible 1 per cent in the Top-of-Mind awareness, against the APC’s 78 per cent and the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s 18 per cent.

The LP also recorded 1 per cent in the Electorate Choice category, with the APC and PDP polling 70 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.

Mr. Akinbade said that the poll’s outcome did not reflect the reality on ground as the research was not scientific, and the survey was skewed to favour a particular candidate; adding that elections were never won on the pages of newspapers.

“I remain unperturbed by any paper rating as regards our election which will come up in the next two days,” said Mr. Akinbade.

“My rating is in God’s hands and the people of the state who are waiting for this coming Saturday to elect me as their new governor. I have said it before and I am repeating it, that my emergence will shock many. I am cock-sure of this because I am more on ground.”

Mr. Akinbade further said that he thrives on challenges, noting that he excelled whenever underrated.

“I think I am enjoying the whole melodrama and I excel more when people underrate me. So I am not losing sleep whatsoever over the so called rating of an organisation. The real and final rating of we the contenders,will be on Saturday so let us wait till then,” he said.

The LP flag bearer also described the mega rallies of the APC and PDP as a “gathering of outsiders” aimed at fooling the outside world.

“Both APC and the PDP are parties of grasses without roots. They thrive on big names without followers which occasioned the importation of strange faces to the state to their rallies,” Mr. Akinbade said.

“Anyway, the good thing is that: we know ourselves in the state and so regardless of the number of rented crowd brought by these parties, they can never sway the minds of the people who are already determined to effect a positive change through me,on Saturday.

“It is then they will realise their mega nonsense couldn’t take them anywhere.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Akinbade noted that the nation’s democracy was maturing, a situation the former Secretary to the State Government predicted would put an end to the emergence of “little minds” in various elective positions in the country.

“People’s will can be stronger than iron and as such, I foresee real men and women of virtues taking over affairs of this nation at all levels. I can tell you this will be sooner than later,” Mr. Akinbade added.

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