The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has cleared the air regarding the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke wanted by the Nigerian Police Force for alleged conspiracy bordering on examination malpractice.
According to a press release signed by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary , Diran Odeyemi, ” this action by the Nigeria Police Force, coming about 72 hours to the governorship election in Osun State goes to confirm our fears that the Federal Government is desperate to intimidate the main opposition candidate in order to compromise the integrity of Saturday’s election.
Odeyemi added that “we find it quite unfortunate that an institution like the police which ought to be neutral and apolitical has allowed itself to be used as a tool for the ignoble role of thwarting the free expression of voters’ preference for the PDP candidate in the governorship election”.
He went on to state that “this new desperate measure of the ruling party is coming on heels of a massive rally of the PDP held in Osogbo which confirmed that indeed the APC was bound to lose the election which is just three days away.
“We affirm that our candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke was not involved in any form of conspiracy to commit examination malpractice at any point in time.
In actual fact, the West Africa Examination Council has deposed to an affidavit before a Federal High Court in Abuja confirming that Senator Adeleke indeed sat for the West Africa School Certificate Examination in 1981″.
He further added that “this is an attempt to run down the PDP candidate for his APC opponent. The Nigeria Police has embarked on a very terrible mission which may go down in history as the most ridiculous intervention in an electoral contest”.
He called on well meaning leaders of thought in Nigeria, the international community and Civil Society organisations to rise up in defence of democracy in Nigeria.
“We remain confident that the PDP will coast home to victory in the Osun State gubernatorial election and that our candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke will once more be vindicated”, Odeyemi concluded.