PDP Rejects Results Of Ekiti Governorship Election

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result of the

Saturday Ekiti State governorship election as declared by the

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

INEC declared Dr Kayode Fayemi, a former Minister of Mines and Steel

Development and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)

winner of the election with 197,459 votes.

 

According to the result declared by Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the Chief

Returning Officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the

University of Ibadan, the (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, came

second with 178,121 votes.

 

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan at a news

conference on Sunday in Abuja described the election result as “a

daylight robbery.’’

 

“The PDP rejects in its entirety the results concocted by the APC, the

INEC and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti

state and declared by INEC.

 

He said the PDP was already collating all infractions in the Saturday

election and within the possible time frame would make its next step

to reclaim its stolen mandate public.

 

“The party rejects the falsified results and declaration of APC

candidate, Dr Fayemi, to be the winner of the election, as a daylight

robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct

assault on our democracy.

 

“From the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centers

across the state, it is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof.

Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with very

comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the

alteration of results at the collation centers.

 

“Painfully, the people of Ekiti state were pillaged, openly

brutalized, confronted with the worst form of cruelty and intimidation

from security agencies, and their mandate, which they freely gave to

the PDP, was snatched at ‘gun point’ by enemies of democracy, who are

parading themselves as icons of anti-corruption.

 

“Nigerians are witnesses to all manipulations by the APC, aided by

security agencies and compromised INEC officials, to rig the election,

particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election

results in favour of the APC at the collation centers amidst the

brutalization of our agents.”

 

Ologbondiyan said that the PDP had the details of all the polling

units where it won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC.

 

He said it was only for the security agencies to chase away PDP

agents, “then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with

those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centers.

 

“We have the detail of the discrepancies between the authentic results

from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by

INEC.”

 

Ologbondiyan said that the party also had details of how APC state

governors and federal ministers diverted huge sums of money from their

states and ministries to bribe INEC top officials.

 

He also alleged that the APC bribed security agencies to perfect the

brigandage against the people of Ekiti state.

 

“The PDP holds strongly that there is no way our democracy can survive

with an electoral process as witnessed in Ekiti state under President

Muhammadu Buhari and the current INEC leadership.

 

“This bare-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear

recipe for crisis.”

He added that robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people was a horrible

rape of Nigerian democracy.

 

According to him, it is most uncharitable that such could happen under

the watch of President Buhari-led APC, who hugely benefited from the

credible electoral process midwifed by the PDP in 2015.

 

“Finally, let it be known to all that, surely, this electoral banditry

will not stand.”

When asked of the party’s view on Fayose’s action, who allegedly

declared election result on radio before INEC, Ologbondiyan said the

party would investigate what led to that.