The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of planning to subvert Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State by declaring a false result.
The APC said while its candidate, incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola, leads in the polls, there are plans by the PDP to declare Iyiola Omisore as winner. Mr. Omisore is the PDP candidate.
“Credible information at our disposal indicates another criminal plot by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its allied forces to corrupt the open results of the election which have shown clearly the excellent outing of our party,” the APC said in a statement by its Osun state spokesperson, Kunle Oyatomi.
The party said the PDP officials were in “hurried and clandestine meetings to subvert” the process after failing to win in the fields.
“The people of Osun have spoken and spoken well. The result of the election must be upheld,” the APC said.
Collation of the results in the intensely-contested poll is ongoing.
In a separate call late Saturday, a former vice president, Atiku Abubkar, called on Osun State voters to defend their votes, saying peoples choice must be respected “no matter who wins”.
Mr. Abubakar is a member of the APC.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “to ensure that the will of the people is not subverted” in order to restore confidence to the electoral and democratic process.