The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has accused the police of conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress to prevent him from going ahead with the petition he is planning to file against the APC candidate, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
Adeleke said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The statement came following the court’s order that the Inspector General of Police should produce Adeleke and four others in court on October 31 for arraignment over the allegation of examination malpractices.
He said the APC and the police had planned to arrest him two days before the September 22 governorship election but the move was stalled by a court order.
He, however, stated that no amount of intimidation would distract him from his determination to retrieve the alleged stolen mandate.
“The police is in collusion with the APC in the plot to implicate me on trumped-up charges as a way of disrupting the commencement of our petitions before the Election Petition Tribunal.
“Their plan was originally to arrest me before the election so that I won’t be able to effectively participate at the governorship election but the court order and interventions stopped the evil agenda. Now that the APC knew the game is up and the stolen mandate is about to be retrieved, the party in collusion with the police has perfected a fresh plot to distract, harass and intimidate me.
“Nigerians are aware that the so-called examination case is politically motivated. The public is aware of the many intimidation and attacks I have been subjected to before, during and now after the election. We stand by the people and we will not surrender their mandate to anti-democratic forces.
“Let me use this medium to reassure the people of Osun state that our lawyers are on top of the situation. All necessary legal actions are being taken to stop these illegalities from standing.