The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially rejected the results of the governorship election held in Ondo state on Saturday, November 26.
[caption id="attachment_1063217" align="alignnone" width="800"] INEC had declared APC's Rotimi Akeredolu (centre) winner of the Ondo election[/caption]
The PDP said in a statement signed by its spokesperson Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday, November 28 that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) helped the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the Ondo election.
The party said INEC has now “graduated from inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the Country to ‘Advanced Election Rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections”.
It added: “It is common knowledge that the APC Agents openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law.
“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country”.
The party blamed INEC for railing to allow postponement of the polls despite that its candidate Eyitayo Jegede was disadvantaged having been hampered from campaigning by lawsuits.
“The actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC led Administration left us no time to campaign and sell our Candidate and Party Manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.
“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.
“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria.
“In view of the fact that the Election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the APC, we vehemently reject the results of the November 26, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State,” he said.
“We have instructed our Candidate and the Ondo State Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the Outcome of the Election.
“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter as we request for the total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State,” the party said.
Recall that to win the Ondo election held on Saturday, November 26, Akeredolu scored 244,842 votes. His closest challenger, Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP scored 150,380 votes. Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, currently has 126,889 votes.