The Osun State governor accused the Vice President of impugning on the integrity of the judiciary.
The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday described as “mere wishful thinking” the remark by Vice President Namadi Sambo that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would reclaim the state from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governor, who is the APC governorship candidate in the August 9 governorship election in the state, also said Mr. Sambo had impugned on the integrity of the judiciary by referring to the judgment of the Election Petition Appeal Tribunal that declared Mr. Aregbesola winner of the 2007 governorship poll, as verdict “through the back door.”
The vice president had on Wednesday in Abuja said his party, the PDP, would take back the state. He spoke at a meeting of the party’s National Campaign Committee for the Osun State governorship election.
The meeting was convened to mobilise and strategise on how the party would win the poll.
Mr. Aregebsola, in a statement by his Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Mr. Sambo could not have been referring to the Osun where the people had demonstrated their total rejection of anything that had the traits of PDP.
The statement said the vice president’s remark at the meeting aptly captured the depth of ‘self – delusion and deceit’ to which PDP leadership indulged in, a development he attributed to the total failure of the PDP-led Federal Government in all facets of the Nigerian life.
“Sambo’s statement did not come to us as a surprise. It is the character of the PDP and its leadership to live in a different world far away from the stark realities that daily confront our people,” Mr. Okanlawon said.
“For the umpteenth time, we wish to remind Sambo and the entire PDP structure and its candidate for the Osun August 9 poll that Osun has remained different for so many reasons and this is why the macabre dance PDP and its agents of electoral fraud organised in Ekiti cannot be replayed here in Osun.
“Has Sambo forgotten so soon that while PDP reaped from its electoral fraud in all parts of Nigeria in the 2011 election, it was only in Osun that PDP recorded its most humiliating defeat. In case Sambo has not thought about this that was less than six months of the Aregbesola administration when not much had been put on ground in form of sterling performance and massive transformation of Osun.”
The statement also said that more than three years down the line, the people of Osun State had witnessed unprecedented development in various ways and that not only had peace returned, wealth had been created while lives had been saved and improved.
“Aregbesola has touched lives in the education, food production, youth employment, and other sectors. This state has been rescued from the morass it was plunged in almost 8 years of the PDP rule. What then does Sambo expect his party to woo the people of Osun with in an election that is less than one month?” it added.
On Mr. Sambo’s comment on the judiciary, the statement said the verdict of the Tribunal confirmed that the PDP was guilty of robbery of the 2007 poll.
It stated, “In some saner climes, PDP and its leaders ought to apologise to the entire country and the people of Osun in particular for the trauma they were subjected due to the robbery of the Aregbesola’s mandate.
“But the culture of impunity which PDP promotes won’t give room for such decency. It must however be noted that never will our people embrace the rule of terror and clueless which PDP represents.”
It added that Nigeria as well as the international community had been monitoring the “shenanigans” in the build up to the election and that the PDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore, had already lost the contest before the August 9 date.
“The whole world is nauseated by the amount of naked misuse of federal might in all parts of Nigeria. By now, Sambo and the Federal Government should be worried by the laughing stock to which they have turned Nigeria in the estimation of the right thinking people of the world,” the statement said.
“A government that has failed to successfully mobilise its security agencies to rescue over 200 school girls in more than 90 days must know it has failed in its primary responsibility to the Nigerian people.
“This is why the people of Osun have resolved to vote for continuity in the Aregbesola revolutionary touch.”