By LEKE ADESERI, South West Regional Editor
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has urged Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to cancel outrightly, the Anambra governorship election “because that is the only path of honour to take.”
According to the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, “Any attempt to uphold that election would tantamount to official endorsement of rigging of election.
“Besides, it will send a tragic signal from the electoral body to Nigerians and the world that this country is in utter contempt for democratic ideals, and has no intention whatsoever to uphold the basic tenets of free choice in the electoral process.”
Meantime, the party has expressed fears as to the whereabouts of 181 Osun Electoral Monitors who were arrested in Owerri, weekend, on trumped up charges of heading to Anambra State to disrupt the governorship election of Saturday, now stalemated.
According to Oyatomi; “When police brought a number of them to the court, yesterday, before a magistrate, he adjourned the case for two hours with the instruction that the police should bring everybody arrested and were on the charge sheet before he would hear the case.
“The police reportedly left the court premises, stayed away for a while and then stormed the court premises, corked their guns and in a terrorist-like operation, carted away the people they had brought originally to an unknown destination.
“Defence lawyers who were in shock at the action of the police had no explanation for the police action.
“As at the time of going to press, they were still trying to trace where the police took the 181 citizens of Osun State to.”