The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the result of last Saturday’s Ondo State governorship election won by Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has congratulated Akeredolu over his victory, the PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said that the election was manipulated in favour of the APC candidate.
In a statement on Monday, the PDP said that “the election and all actions leading to it fall short of laid down principles on the conduct of elections in Nigeria.”
Adeyeye said that the PDP had instructed its candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) and the Ondo State chapter of the party to proceed to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
He described the outcome of the election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, as a charade, adding that it was not a true reflection of the will of the people of the state.
According to the PDP: “INEC has however graduated from inconclusive elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nasarawa and some other previous bye-elections in the country to ‘advanced election rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo states gubernatorial elections.
“It is common knowledge that the APC agents openly bought votes of the electorate 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 electorate 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 has indeed turned all Nigerians to virtually beggars in their own country.”
Adeyeye said that the PDP had persistently called for the postponement of the election for at least two weeks to enable it campaign and prepare properly for it as a result of the setback orchestrated by the court order but it was rejected.
The party regretted that the actions of INEC, in collaboration with the APC-led administration, did not allow it enough time to campaign and sell its candidate and manifesto to the people, despite the fact that 20 other political parties supported its call for the postponement of the election.
Accusing INEC of acting the script of the APC, the PDP said: “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 for rigging elections 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.
“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,” Adeyeye said.
The party, however, congratulated Jegede and the state chapter for the impressive performance at the poll.
Meanwhile, the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the PDP has said that the party lost the election because of impunity and lack of respect for the party’s constitution.
At a press conference in Abuja, Sheriff’s deputy, Cairo Ojougboh, traced the crisis to PDP governors’ highhandedness in imposing candidates on the party.
According to him, the genesis of impunity in the PDP first manifested in the 2011 general elections when the then Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) defeated the PDP in Nasarawa State even though the party had a sitting governor.
He said: “This was the first warning against impunity. It was ignored. Then in 2015 we had governors in Benue, Kogi, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Bauchi and Adamawa. We lost in all these states for a common reason-the governors were not unpopular but they imposed their surrogates and the people voted them out. We paid for impunity.
“An analysis of the 2015 general elections shows that the entire 10 states above are in the North. The South-South would not have survived if President (Goodluck) Jonathan did not hail from the region. Of course, the figures that emanated from the South East were abysmal”.
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