– describes process as daylight roberry
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the Saturday gubernatorial election in Ekiti where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. John Kayode Fayemi as winner.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a press briefing at the party National Headquarters in Abuja, discribed the process as “a daylight robbery”.
He said ” the party rejects the falsified results and declaration of APC candidate, Dr. Kayode 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.
Ologbondiyan alleged that, “From the authentic results flowing directly from the polling centers across the state, it is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo 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.
“Paifully, 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, he said.
PDP spokesperson also noted that, “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.
He revealed that, ” the PDP has the details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to chase away our agents, then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centers.
He also made it known that, the party have the detail of the discrepancies between the authentic results from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by INEC.
It is also lamented that, “it instructive to state that all the issues we raised ahead of the election, including the conspiracy between the APC, some compromised INEC officials and security agencies; the importation of thugs from other states by the APC; the use of brute force against our members, the falsification and alteration of results in favour of the APC, all manifested in the election.
“Furthermore, the PDP has details of how APC state governors and federal ministers diverted huge sums of money from their states and ministries to bribe top officials of INEC, particularly, those in the ICT Department as well as security agencies to perfect the brigandage against the people of Ekiti state, he said.
PDP Publicity Secretary made it known that, the party 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.
He warned that, ” this bare-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari, the APC, the INEC Chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.
Finally, PDP added that, “let it be known to all that, surely, this electoral banditry will not stand. The PDP is already collating all then infractions in this election and within the possible timeframe, we shall make our next step to reclaim our stolen mandate public”.