By Ige Olugbenga
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) Osun state chapter, have endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr Ademola Adeleke, for the July 8 senatorial by-election in Osun-West.
At a joint press conference held in Ede on Sunday, the leadership of the CNPP in the state told journalists that they have unanimously agreed to support Adeleke so as to deliver the dividends of democracy to people in the constituency.
The chairman of CNPP in the state, Popoola Olatunji and the Secretary, Gbade Adelakun, declared that all the opposition would work for Adeleke to defeat the candidate for the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator Mudasiru Hussain.
Other political parties that adopted Adeleke include the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Action Alliance (AA), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN) and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
The opposition parties alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is planning to shift the date of the election and vowed to resist such a move.
In a communiqué released by the CNPP, the opposition parties said the postponement of the election would amount to unnecessary tension among the political parties and cause confusion among the people of the state.
According to the communiqué, “Moral burden is on the INEC not to shift the date of election. The APC had concluded their plan to rig the election in rural areas of the State with the connivance of the State boys.”
“We have it on good authority that primary and secondary school students are been used for data capturing and thumb printing. We call on security agencies and law abiding citizens of Osun State and Osun West Senatorial in particular to prevail on the APC allow the election to be free and fair.”
Reacting to the development, the spokesperson of APC in Osun state, Kunle Oyatomi said the CNPP in Osun has turned itselt to an extension of PDP and that the opposition political parties have sold out.
Oyatomi, dismissed the allegations as baseless, adding that the APC would win the election convincingly.