The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received praise from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State for starting the procedures to appeal the decision of the Osun Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal.
This is due to the party’s contention that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine was attacked during the rally that led to the ruling.
In a statement released Tuesday by its acting chairman, Dr. Akindele, the PDP claimed that the electoral umpire had lived up to Nigerians’ expectations by defending the nation’s electoral system.
The PDP also expressed faith in the higher courts to establish the supremacy of BVAS machines above any other source on accreditation of voters.
Dr Akindele noted that the decision of INEC has also put paid to the lies being sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last few days.
“We really do not want to respond to the cheap lies of the APC, as it is now obvious to the good people of Osun State, especially the voting public.
“It is so bad that the lies that INEC will not appeal the scandalous judgement that tried to discredit BVAS machines in our elections emanated from APC lawyers, making it clear that they know the evil they perpetrated at the Tribunal can not stand.
“While the falsehood lasted, we chose not to respond because we are convinced that INEC knows better and being aware of the implication of ignoring the attack on the BVAS machines as the decision of Justice Kume did at the Tribunal, INEC has towed the right path by appealing the ‘Buga judgment’ because if such is sustained, what will happen will be candidates who lost elections manipulating server reports and presenting same to a judge to steal election from the actual winner.”