National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, says the victory of Ademola Adeleke in Saturday’s Osun Governorship election is a sign of the electoral fortunes that await the party in 2023.
Ayu, who was reacting to the declaration of the Osun governorship election result on Sunday, said in a statement that the “election was a referendum on the disastrous All Progressives Congress (APC) stewardship and proves conclusively that Nigerians want PDP back. And, indeed, PDP is coming!”
The main opposition party chairman further said 12 years ago, the “PDP lost Osun state – not through the ballot box – but via a judicial coup (ruling).
“Four years ago, the PDP won the governorship, but our candidate, Sen. Adeleke, was robbed of victory in broad daylight. We went back to the drawing board, and today, we have reclaimed our victory.”
Ayu commended INEC and security agencies for “toeing the path of neutrality and ensuring that the votes counted.
“We call on all PDP members and all Nigerians to join the moving PDP train. Don’t be left behind. Our next destination is Aso Villa.
“With PDP, Nigeria shall rise again. Indeed, she is already rising. Osun people have spoken. The rest of Nigeria shall speak with a resounding voice on 25th February 2023.”
The statement also thanked Osun people for refusing to be intimidated or bought over “with foodstuffs and 30 silver coins. You said no to thuggery and vote fraud. You have done well.
“I thank the PDP National Campaign Council for the Osun State Governorship Election, headed by HE Gov. Duoye Diri, for a superlative performance. I thank our Vice Presidential Candidate, Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa for tireless work. PDP is proud of all of you.
“You have renewed the quit notice on the reigning APC Federal government.”