By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Peeved by the allegation that there is a video clip containing how the August 9th, 2014 Osun state governorship election was rigged in its favour, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to constitute an independent panel of enquiry to look into the matter.
The party equqlly revealed that the ballot papers shown in the video was totally different from the one used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the governorship election in the state.
The state Chairman of APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun while addressing a press conference at the secretariat of the party in Osogbo, the state capital on Saturday, 21st February, 2015 explained that the video clip was fabricated by some unscrupulous individuals to discredit the election.
He added that the video clip, which was brandished by the spokesperson of Jonathan Campaign Organization, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, had nothing to do with the last August election in Osun State as the ballot papers shown in the video were different from the actual ballot papers used for Osun governorship election.
Famodun told journalists that the APC had earlier given the video clip to the Department of Security Services and the police with the hope that the security agencies would take appropriate action by apprehending and prosecuting the culprits since their faces were shown clearly in the video.
The APC chairman faulted Fani-Kayode’s claim that Osun election was rigged and wondered why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, failed to tender the video clip at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal if they were sure of the authenticity of the video.
The party threatened that if the Federal Government and the National Assembly failed to constitute the independent panel of inquiry on the matter within the next two weeks, it would compel Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to set up the inquiry panel, adding that it would be mandatory for parties in the matter to participate at the panel of inquiry to defend their positions