The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state of exposing how his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) rigged the recent governorship election in Ondo state in favour of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The PDP, which is contesting the outcome of the election, said Amosun revealed how his party bought votes in Ondo state as well as his own plans to become the next Senate president.
The governor is believed to be an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP, in a statement just released by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, its national publicity secretary, said it has been reliably informed of “the arrogance and latitude displayed by Amosun” in which he revealed how his party manipulated votes in the November 26, 2016 election.
“Nigerians will recall that the governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle was caught on tape during a meeting with the Ogun state House of Assembly and National Assembly members from the state about two weeks ago making shocking revelations of how the APC spent N1,000,000 in each polling unit during the just concluded gubernatorial election in Ondo state.
“This revelation has once again vindicated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by indicting the trio of security agencies who keep failing in their mandates under this present government to maintain law and order during elections in Nigeria; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which abandons its responsibility by law to conduct free, fair, unbiased and credible electoral processes in the country; and the ruling APC government that should ensure constitutional compliance towards the conduct of credible elections especially, as a government that is constantly whining on issue of ‘corruption’ as if it cares,” the statement said.
“It worries us on the impending tragedy of future elections in the country under the APC’s watch; a situation where democratic tenets on unhindered citizen participation, the rule of law, majority rule and performance of candidate and party will no longer determine electoral successes but by survival of the fittest through cruel, careless and brazen votes buying, intimidation and other kinds of manipulation at the polling units. Very sad!
“The governor equally revealed among other things, his ambition to become the next Senate president by replicating the Ondo state style of election rigging in Ogun state and his senatorial district in particular.
“To buttress, these were his words ‘…We were just laughing at the likes of Asiwaju when they budgeted N100,000 per polling unit. Unknowingly to them, we brought in N1,000,000 per polling unit. I got the money out of Abuja and we will repeat same in Ogun come 2019’.
“The governor further declared thus, ‘…I am concerned about just seven local governments. The five in Ogun Central, Sagamu and Ado Odo Ota. I am prepared to spend N1 billion in Sagamu, N1 billion in Ado Odo Ota, then N2 billion in Ogun Central. No matter what we do, that drug boy, Buruji will beat us in some part of Ogun East, while that fool from Lagos will control the other 4 local governments in Ogun West’.”
In the lengthy statement, the PDP described this position allegedly from Amosun as barbaric, careless, inhuman and grossly undemocratic, wondering how a governor could boast that he would spend the resources of his state to win election at all cost.
The party also said it was awful that the governor and his likes were not concerned about the backlog of salaries and pensions of workers and retirees in their respective states or investing in infrastructural development that would better the lives of their people.
“The worst is that these huge amounts of money the governor boasted of spending in Ondo state and to spend in Ogun state to manipulate votes and avert the will of Ogun people are evidently coming from ‘Mr Integrity’ at Abuja’s Aso Villa, President Buhari.
“This is the governor's confirmation: ‘…I got the money out of Abuja and we will repeat same in Ogun come 2019’.
“For a man currently presiding over a static harsh economy condition in Nigeria that could be best described as comatose economy, the president should respond urgently to this malice against the citizens and its elections,” the party said.
The PDP called on the anti-graft agencies in the country to stand up in the interest of the citizens who own the sovereign power of government, to arrest the trend.
“Nigerians and workers in the APC controlled states will want to know how the monies monthly allocated to these states are appropriated,” the party said while calling on civil society groups, the international community and the media to help rescue the country from the APC-led government.
The governor and the APC were yet to react officially at the time of this report, but an ally of governor-elect of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, told NAIJ.com that the PDP was only seeking pity after its defeat.
The APC chieftain, who said he was not in a position to speak officially, said: "Don't mind them (PDP). This is self-pity and in drowning, they are looking for how to cause a big problem in the APC by making members fight themselves.
"All they have said are lies and I am sure my party will react in due course."