12th April, 2011
Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has vowed to challenge in the Election tribunal the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo North Senatorial District as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC declared the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matter, Agboola Hosea Ayoola as the senator elect in the last senatorial election held on April 9 against the ACN candidate, Dr. Wale Okediran.
Briefing newsmen today in Ibadan , capital of Oyo State , the former governor of Oyo State who is also the leader of the party, Alhaji Lam Adesina said, â€œOur lawyers have concluded arrangement to challenge the result in the court. We will go to court to challenge the result declared by INEC in Oyo North Senatorial District. We will also challenge the result of Saki East/Saki West/Atibo, Oluyole, and Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope Federal Constituencies. ACN won in all these constituencies and we will claim our mandate back from PDP and the one given to Accordâ€.
Adesina who noted that the time to revenge the sins committed against him by Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and his erstwhile boss, Senator Rasheed Ladoja has come said that Senator Abiola Ajimobi, a governorship candidate who is his younger brother would beat the duo at the forthcoming governorship poll.
He said, â€œWhat Akala and Ladoja did to me in 2003, Ajimobi, my younger brother will do it back to them. They rigged me out of office but we will not rig for Ajimobi but Ajimobi will win hands downâ€.
According to him, going by the result of the National Assembly election recently held, ACN would win the governorship election.
Proving that ACN defeated PDP by 18,000 votes and Accord by 22,000 votes in the last National Assembly election, he said that ACN has total votes of 330,469, PDP has 312,502 and Accord has 235,622.
Describing Accord as a local party only known in Ibadan, he faulted the calculation of PDP who relied on the votes of Ogbomosho stressing that the total votes of Ogbomosho is equal to the votes of one local government out of the eleven local government Areas in Ibadan.
According to him, out of 2.7million votes in Oyo State , Ibadan has 2million stressing that the two million votes would go to Ajimobi of ACN.
The former governor however commended INEC for the job well done at the last poll.
â€œContrary to expectation, the INEC in Oyo State did very well but there is room for improvement. INEC leadership in Oyo State is responsible and responsive. The security agents comprising soldiers, police, and other para-military did well. We had peaceful, free, fair and credible electionâ€.
He debunked speculations about alliance meetings with Ladoja to step down saying that there is no need to ask Ladoja to step down because ACN would beat him. He described Ladoja as a spoiler who is interested in dividing the votes of Ibadan adding that he would fail.
By Gbenro Adesina/ Ibadan