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Osun: Three political parties back out of CNPP’s suit

By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—Three opposition parties in Osun State have dissociated themselves from the suit filed by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in respect of the controversial police security report on the 2007 gubernatorial election in the state.

The leadership of CNPP represented by Chief Kayode Dairo and Mr Popoola Olatunji had approached an Abuja High Court to stop the Osun State Election Petition re-trial tribunal from sitting based on the alleged fake report.

But the leaders of three political parties, Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), Action Party of Nigeria (APN) and Peoples Salvation Party (PSP) while addressing newsmen yesterday, denied their involvement in the suit, claiming that their signatures were forged by the CNPP leaders.

Speaking on behalf of the three affected political parties, Alhaji Rafiu Anifowose, state chairman of DPP declared that their names should be withdrawn from the suit with immediate effect.

They threatened that failure of the CNPP to drop their names from the suit may attract stiffer action from them which may include legal action.

Anifowose recalled that in the suit, the duo of Dairo and Olatunji had approached the Abuja High Court seeking to halt the petition filed by Action Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate, Mr Rauf Aregbesola against the election of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Anifowose who described the CNPP in Osun as a stooge of the state government, declared that the three affected political parties have nothing to do with the CNPP suit.


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