Osun State House of Assembly has described the rumour making the rounds that elections conducted in 2011 which brought state and national assembly members to office has been nullified as a mere figment of the imagination of the opposition.
A statement signed by the chief press secretary to the speaker, Mr. Goke Butika, which was made available to newsmen stated that the case has nothing to do with nullification of any election.
According to the House, the case that was determined at the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State, was between the aggrieved PDP candidates and INEC.
The statement, while clarifying the position of things, said, “the PDP had prayed for the non-conduct of the 2011 state and national assemblies’ elections in Osun by Ambassador Rufus Akeju, the state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, not against the lawmakers of the state and national assemblies”.
Speaking on the matter, speaker of the House, Hon. Najeem Salaam, said the intention of the rumour mongers was to cause chaos in the state, asking the people of the state to ignore the insinuations that were designed to misinterpret the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the notice of Appeal filed by INEC, which has nothing to do with nullification of any election.
It would be recalled that one of the lead counsel in the suit instituted against the Independent National Electoral Commission on the eligibility of Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju by the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Basiru Ajibola, had earlier set the record straight on the Court of Appeal ruling.
Ajibola, who described the claim by PDP as laughable, said the court only struck out the notice of appeal filed by INEC while the substantive suit is still in court.