Ekiti Guber Election: Civil Society observers’, PDP candidate reject result marred with malpractices

A Coalition of observer groups and Civil Society Organisations, that monitored the elections of Ekiti State governorship election result rejected the emergence of Fayemi.

In a press statement signed by Comrade Haruna Farouk and Nze Adachi Okoro, the group said the election does not reflect what they saw on ground.

The coalition also promised to release its findings on Wednesday, July 18, which will include details of the malpractices that marred the election.

The Coalition of observer said,“We have evidences of election malpractices where a particular party in connivance with security personnel went about inducing electorates with cash and coercing them to snap the ballot papers in order to receive cash gifts from the agents of the party in question.

“The level of intimidation that occurred during the elections on Saturday was disheartening and shouldn’t be allowed to stand in modern day Nigeria. We witnessed a situation where loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its agents were harassed and intimidated so as to make it difficult for them to participate in the elections.

“Other incidence that we recorded will be made open in our findings which will definitely shock Nigerians and expose the conspiracy of INEC, security agents and the APC to deprive the people of Ekiti from expressing their constitutional rights,” it read.

Fayemi was announced winner of the polls, after securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the PDP, who got 178,121 votes.

Reacting to the declaration by the coalition, Fani-Kayode urged the outgoing Governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose to take the matter to the election tribunal.

In a tweet, Fani-Kayode wrote: “Glad to hear that the Coalition of Election Observers have rejected the Ekiti results. I look forward to hearing the details of their findings which they say they will release on Wednesday.

“I urge @GovAyoFayose and @OfficialPDPNig to take up the matter at the election tribunal.

“Insecurity is at its peak, the slaughter of Nigerians is unprecedented, the country is divided, the economy is in shambles, the military are aggrieved because Buhari has not appointed new Service Chiefs, the votes are procured with public funds and elections are rigged. Wither Nigeria?”

PDP reject election result

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, Olusola Eleka, has rejected the verdict by the Independent National Electoral Commission which declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as winner.

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, Mr Eleka said there was intimidation, inducement and oppression by security agents, who he said aided APC’s manipulation of the electoral process to ensure victory for Mr Fayemi.

“You are all aware of the unfortunate and dangerous events of the past 24 hours, in which our governorship election was hijacked by political desperadoes leveraging on ‘federal might’ to pervert the electoral process, subvert the will of Ekiti people, and viciously steal the mandate willingly and freely given to me on a massive scale by our people,” said Mr Eleka.

“PDP and I won the election overwhelmingly, receiving more than 70% of lawful votes cast and winning in almost all of the state’s 16 local government areas.

“I therefore reject the falsified results being bandied by the Independent National Electoral Commission, which purportedly gave the election to the All Progressives Congress and its Candidate; Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.”

He also described the outcome of the election as the “most audacious electoral robbery of our recent history,” saying the election would not stand.

“This brutal and barbaric process, which started well before the election, did not spare Governor Ayo Fayose and me; as the whole world had seen and had condemned. It is quite unfortunate that the harassment has continued even after the election,” he further said.

“Despite the alarm we had earlier raised, the security agencies not only supported but also supervised the indiscriminate arrest of our party leaders and agents, the harassment and brutaliz3ation of voters on a massive scale, especially in Ado-Ekiti, Ikere and the suburbs, giving cover, tacit as well as active support to thugs imported into Ekiti by APC to snatch ballot boxes, create confusion, cause mayhem, and drive away voters in PDP strongholds, giving cover to APC agents as they financially and openly induced voters and bought votes at polling stations; and driving away our polling agents from collation centres and illegal seizure of documents and materials in their possession, among many other infractions.

“INEC on its own part reneged on its promise to have results counted, declared, and pasted on the wall of each polling station. There was nowhere INEC transmitted results from the polling centres as earlier promised. Ballot boxes were illegally moved to INEC offices while our agents were disallowed from following the process.

“INEC also allowed late voting by APC in hideouts when it was obvious the figures still would not add up after all the infractions mentioned above. Still, when all of these shenanigans still failed to give them the figures they needed, they stopped the announcement of results ward-by-ward, caused a deliberate power outage at the collation centre, with no alternative source of power provided for a long time, and then wrote results in favour of APC and its candidate.

“In doing this, however, I appeal to all Ekiti sons and daughters to eschew violence. They will try and provoke you but the good Lord will help you to keep calm. Taking a cue from our great leader and democrat par excellence, ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, I wish to reiterate that my ambition is not worth the blood of a single Ekiti son or daughter. We are not cultists and bloody hounds like them and shall therefore not allow them turn Ekiti into a killing field like they have done in the Middle Belt.

“It remains for me to thank Ekiti for standing by me and our great party. Our royal fathers and the Oloris, teachers, civil servants, Okada riders, Labour leaders, market women, artisans, and students – I appreciate your unflinching support. We thank every Nigerian desirous to see the growth and defence of our renascent democracy.

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