- PDP’s national publicity secretary, Ologbondiyan, said his party has rejected the results of the Ekiti state governorship election because it was allegedly marred by fraudulent practices
- Ologbondiyan said the governors of other states, particularly the neighbouring states came to the state to get agents who did buying and selling of votes
- APC member, Senator Ayo Arise dismissed the allegation of votes buying stressing that his party did not engage in “blatant vote buying like setting up Kiosk"
There was a drama on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, July 17, when the PDP and the APC exchanged words over the just concluded Ekiti state governorship elections.
PDP’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan during the program said his party has rejected the results of the election because it was allegedly marred by fraudulent practices.
Ologbondiyan said: “The governors of other states, particularly the neighbouring states came to Ado-Ekiti and came to Ekiti state generally and got agents to be doing buying and selling of votes.
“What happened in Ekiti was an open-day robbery. And that is why our party has in its entirety rejected the process and outcome,” he said on Tuesday. “What happened was a complete fraud.”
APC member, Senator Ayo Arise dismissed the allegation of votes buying stressing that his party did not engage in “blatant vote buying like setting up Kiosk.”
He said: “The PDP started buying votes two days before the election, they were sending money. They sent money to all the voters.
“They came to tell us that these people (PDP agents) have bought all the votes already. We now said, if PDP is buying votes, and these people, the issue is that they will now be asking you for money.
“As far as I am concerned, what happened in Ekiti is one of the challenges that we as Nigerians must find a solution for because somebody started buying votes and you don not expect me to sit back.”
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On the issue of card readers, PDP’s spokesman accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to rig the election in favour of APC’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, through the enhancement of card readers.
He added, “The information available to the Peoples Democratic Party upon which we made that demand was that INEC was already plotting a rigging scheme for the APC.
“They made the enhanced card readers available in their own stronghold and brought the unenhanced cared readers to the stronghold of the PDP and we raised questions, they never responded to us.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the All Progressives Democratic Party, Kayode Fayemi won the Ekiti state gubernatorial elections.
The former minister and governor defeats Professor Olusola Eleka, the current deputy governor of Ekiti state and the anointed candidate of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
From the results of the 16 local government areas in the state, Fayemi defeated Prof. Kolapo Olusola in 12 LGAs.
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