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PDP rejects results of Ekiti governorship election

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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.

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