The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, has written the European Union and the United States over an alleged threat to his life.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of Adeleke Campaign Organisation, Rasheed Olawale in a statement on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
According to Olawale the letter was written to the international community ahead of the rerun election on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
In the letter he claimed that the life of PDP leaders in the state and that of his supporters are under siege as they have been subjected to countless attacks.
The PDP candidate said that had survived four assassination attempts in course of the election period. He said the governorship election on Saturday, September 22, 2018 was manipulated while he was deprived of victory.
In the letter he said that:
“I am constrained to write this letter to intimate you, our diplomatic partners and friends of despotic happenings in Osun governorship polls which I won but for which I was not declared the winner.
“My life is under threat and the leaders of my party are under siege before and after Saturday main polls.
“During the campaigns, we were subjected to countless attacks. I escaped about four assassination attempts. Our campaign vehicles were severally attacked and our rallies disrupted. We went through the pre-election process under constant onslaught from political thugs and merchants of violence.
“Despite the violence-prone climate, I still won the election. On live television, our votes were removed and protestations for re-addition of the votes were rejected. Votes for the ruling party were jerked up and again the electoral umpire refused to correct the arithmetical errors. After all the manipulations which saw about 4000 votes removed from my total votes, I still won by close to 400 votes”.