Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be prepared for defeat in the Osun state governorship rerun election.
Mohammed, who is the chairman of APC campaign council for the election, said this while reacting to PDP’s threat of challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the poll inconclusive in court.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mohammed said the threat is PDP’s way of distracting the APC ahead of the rerun.
“The PDP, after its failed mission to win Saturday’s election at all cost, is shopping for an illegal shortcut to victory by threatening a court action over an issue that has been settled,” the statement read.
“It’s a sheer waste of time. Let the PDP drop its pretension and get ready to be defeated in Thursday’s rerun. Alternatively, it can withdraw to save face.
“The PDP knows that the so-called court challenge which it has threatened to mount will not fly, especially because the highest court in the land has already pronounced on the issue of whether or not INEC has the powers to declare an election inconclusive
“The PDP is not unaware of the pronouncement of the supreme court in the case of James Abiodun Faleke vs INEC and others, that INEC has the duty of conducting elections and that, besides the constitutional provisions, it is guided by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and the election guidelines and manual issued for its officials in accordance with the act.”
He added that if the PDP chooses to boycott Thursday’s rerun out of fear, the party’s right to do so would be respected.