National leadership of Peoples Democratic Party has rejected Saturday’s governorship election results in Ekiti State.
It described the results announced by Independent National Electoral Commission as a daylight robbery.
INEC had early on Sunday announced the All Progressives Congress’ candidate, Mr Kayode Fayemi as winner of the election.
Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan and Returning Officer for the election, Mr Idowu Olayinka, who announced the results, said Fayemi had satisfied the requirement of the law by polling the highest lawful votes in the election.
Fayemi polled 197,459 to beat Olusola of PDP, who scored 178,121 votes. He won in 12 Local Government Areas while Olusola won in four local governments.
Fayemi won in Ilejemeje, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ido/Osi, Oye, Moba, Ijero, Gbonyin, Ekiti West, Ikole, Ise/Orun, Ekiti East and Ekiti South-West. Olusola won in Ado, Ikere, Emure and Efon.
Commenting on Fayose’s victory, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, at a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, alleged that APC and INEC colluded to deny Kolapo victory.
He said that the party would set up a committee to collate the votes it garnered in the election and also look at the robbery which he said the party suffered.
Ologbondiyan said that reports from PDP agents did not tally with the ones announced by the electoral commission.
“PDP rejects the outcome and the results announced by Independent National Electoral Commission of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State. It is a daylight robbery and it cannot stand,” he said.
Ologbondiyan insisted that the outcome of the election was predetermined, adding that the trio of APC, security agencies and the commission colluded to deny PDP victory in the election.
He said, “As I said, PDP rejects in its entirety the results concocted by APC, INEC and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti State and declared by INEC.
“The party rejects the falsified results and declaration of APC candidate, Fayemi, to be winner of the election, as a daylight robbery, a brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on our democracy.
“From authentic results flowing directly from the polling centres across the state, it is clear that PDP candidate, Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with very comfortable margin over APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centres.
“Painfully, the people of Ekiti State were pillaged, openly brutalised, confronted with the worst form of cruelty and intimidation from security agencies, and their mandate, which they freely gave to 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 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 APC at the collation centres amidst the brutalisation of our agents.”
Ologbondiyan said that his party had the details of the outcome of the election and polling units where it won, alleging the party won with a wide margin in those units.
The spokesman for the former ruling party alleged that security agencies sent agents of PDP away at collation centres before the manipulation of figures was carried out.
He also said that PDP was in possession of the discrepancies between the authentic results which it said was being studied by the party and those released by the commission.
Ologbondiyan also alleged that fake voters were brought in from Kogi, Lagos, Ondo, Oyo and Ogun states and that card readers from the affected states were imported into Ekiti to enable them (the fake voters) vote.
He said APC was desperate as a result of its determination to win the election at all costs as promised by some of its officials.
He said,”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, APC, 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, let it be known to all that, surely, this electoral banditry will not stand. PDP is already collating all the infractions in this election and within the possible timeframe, we shall make our next step to reclaim our stolen mandate.”