The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC, in Osun State, Olusegun Agbaje, has said that if the electoral body is found culpable over the credibility of the gubernatorial poll in the state, he would resign.
Agbaje made this known said on Wednesday in Osogbo, while handing the certificate of return to the winner of the election, Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola.
“I remained neutral throughout the process and if at the end of litigation at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the commission is found culpable for not discharging its responsibility faithfully and diligently, I will take full responsibility for any such laxity, publicly apologize to all Nigerians and thereafter resign my appointment with the commission.”
INEC REC: I’ll resign if found culpable over the credibility of Osun election
Olusegun Agbaje’s comment is possibly in reaction to a statement made by Senator Ademola Adeleke, one of the contestant at the polls.
Adeleke, in an interview with Channels TV said, “I’d like to tell them that their mandate was stolen. The election was rigged because all our people were not allowed to vote.
“They sent in some fake policemen and thugs who were holding guns. They were shooting everywhere. People were scared for their lives. They came out in Orolu, our stronghold.
“They knew they wanted to vote for PDP but they started beating them.
“They told them that they could not vote. This is the worst election I’ve ever seen. It has become a shame to Nigerian democracy.
“They are so scared right now. They couldn’t even celebrate because they stole our mandate. We have packed our evidence and we will meet them in court.
“INEC has been compromised. Even with the 419 result they brought out, we had extra 2000 votes and they promised to add it.
“They were caught unawares. They had the instruction that they should not announce me and the whole world was watching.
“They were making a mockery of our democracy. We won’t let it go like that.
“They planned to kill me. Why can’t they go for other people? They know that I am the only one that can defeat them.
“They barred journalists; they didn’t allow observers to work. I am not giving up… I salute the good people of Osun state.
“I salute their courage. They have done so well. What I can tell them is to be calm. They will get their mandates through legal means. That is what we are going to do.”