The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) manipulated the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States in favour of the national leading party, All Progressives Congress (APC). The claims were made by the major opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement released today via its spokesman Prince Dayo Adeyeye, PDP condemned the outcome of the November 26 governorship elections in Ondo where APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu (244,842 votes) was declared winner after trumping PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede (150,380 votes), with nearly a hundred thousand votes margin,
Said the statement,
“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 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 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.”