Some members of the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party have embarked on fasting and prayer to ensure a favourable judgment by the Election Petitions Tribunal on PDP’s Ademola Adeleke’s petition against Adegboyega Oyetola’s election as Osun State governor last year.
The tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday informed both parties to the case that it would give judgement on the Adeleke’s petition against Oyetola of the APC on Friday.
A statement by the Osun State chairman of the PDP, Mr Soji Adagunodo, directed members of the party to fast and pray on Thursday ahead of the ruling.
Sources told a Punch correspondent that a PDP group on Tuesday commenced a three-day fasting and prayer for divine intervention in the judgement.
In a telephone interview with our correspondent, Adagunodo said the party believed in the power of prayer and fasting.
Also, two APC groups –Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation and Giomania – said they would hold a special prayer session on Thursday to seek the face of God for a favourable judgement on the case.
The groups in a statement jointly signed by their coordinators, Sikiru Tijani and Abdul Adegboyega, said, “This prayer became imperative because we cannot afford to take the state which has been experiencing a monumental development in the last eight years back to abject poverty and penury.
“Our prayer will surely be answered because God is not unjust. We believe in the efficacy of prayer. Since we are on the right side of justice, victory is guaranteed.
“We believe so much in our party and we are very optimistic that the judgement will favour us. “The people of Osun have spoken through their votes, they turned out massively during the election to elect Oyetola. So there is no cause for alarm.