The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has said he’s unaware Governor Gboyega Oyetola lost to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, in the just concluded Saturday’s Osun governorship election.
Adamu, who stated this while speaking on Arise TV programme on Sunday, denied knowing the winner of the Osun governorship election.
Yesterday we reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Adeleke the Osun gubernatorial election winner.
The returning officer for the election, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke scored 403,371 votes to defeat the incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 375,027.
Adamu said on Arise TV, “With due respect, my dear brother, I am just really hearing this from you. I have not formally heard the announcement from INEC, which is the independent commission responsible for elections in Nigeria.
“I have not heard from them yet. Once I hear formally from INEC, I can be in a position to answer this particular question.”
When reminded that the results were all over the pages of major newspapers, he said, “Between you and me, I have not formally heard from INEC, and I have not read the papers you are talking about. I do read some papers on my table before I have my breakfast, but I haven’t done that today yet.”
Responding to if the party would accept defeat if he finally gets to see the result and breakdown of the voting pattern, the APC chairman said, “I don’t like pre-empting my situation. You need to be patient. Since you got the result, wait for me too to receive it. You can get back to me, and I will be willing to talk about it.
“Until I hear from INEC formally or my people in the control room confirm that it is the result, of course, I will abide by it. But hearing the result first from you is unacceptable. You are not INEC.”
He disclosed that he has yet to speak with Oyetola after the poll that gave the opposition PDP the victory.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet,” he said.