The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has stated that the police was conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to prevent him from going ahead with the petition. He is planning to file a petition against the APC candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola for retrieving what he described as his stolen mandate.
Barely a day to the September election, Adeleke was summoned by the Nigeria police over alleged examination malpractice and criminal conspiracy. The statement followed a court’s order that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, should produce Adeleke and four others in court on October 31 for arraignment over the allegation of examination malpractices
Adeleke said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday. He said the APC and the police had planned to arrest him two days before the September 22 governorship election but the move was stalled by a court order.
According to the lawmaker, stated that no amount of intimidation would distract him from his determination to retrieve his alleged stolen mandate, the examination malpractice allegation against him was politically-motivated. His statement read:
“The police is in collusion with the APC in the plot to implicate me on trumped-up charges as a way of disrupting the commencement of our petitions before the Election Petition Tribunal.
“Their plan was originally to arrest me before the election so that I won’t be able to effectively participate at the governorship election but the court order and interventions stopped the evil agenda.
“Now that the APC knew the game is up and the stolen mandate is about to be retrieved, the party in collusion with the police has perfected a fresh plot to distract, harass and intimidate me. “Nigerians are aware that the so-called examination case is politically motivated.
“The public is aware of the many intimidation and attacks I have been subjected to before, during and now after the election. We stand by the people and we will not surrender their mandate to anti-democratic forces.”