The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) says it is heading to the court to quash the ‘illegal’ declaration of the September 22, 2018 Osun governorship election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The PDP noted that the only lawful thing to do, is for INEC to announce results as the polls have already been concluded.
In a statement by the party on Monday, it said according to the country’s electoral law, INEC is bound to return a winner, once an election result is declared.
We insist that the polls have already been concluded and results announced in all polling and the collation centers, thus bringing the exercise to its lawful conclusion and removing INEC powers to declare the election inconclusive.
Our electoral law is clear that once an election result is declared, INEC is bound to return a winner. INEC, in trying to play the card of the defeated APC, contravened the law by refusing to announce a return, even when the declared results have thrown up a winner.
a. Section 69 f the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) states that inter-alia “in an election to the office of the President or governor whether or not contested and in any contested election to any other elective office, the result shall be ascertained by counting the votes cast.