- Professor Kolapo Olusola of the PDP, who lost to Kayode Fayemi in the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, has raised allegation against INEC
- Olusola says INEC is frustrating his petitions to challenge the victory of Fayemi
- He also says he made a motion ex parte to the election petitions tribunal, adding that the tribunal and INEC are delaying so as to allow time to run against him in instituting a legal action
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been accused by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, Professor Kolapo Olusola, of frustrating his efforts to duly file a petition at the election petitions tribunal.
Punch reports that, who is challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, alleged that INEC rebuffed the application he filed to the commission for the certified copies of election documents and a motion ex parte made to the tribunal.
NAIJ.com gathers that the PDP candidate said that INEC and the tribunal had failed to meet his request despite fulfilling necessary steps. According to him, the delay from INEC and the tribunal are plans to allow time to run against him in instituting the legal action within the 21 days.
Olusola called on the election petitions tribunal to take action on his two applications and allow the law to take its course.
He said: “We applied for certified true copies of election documents to assist in the preparation and presentation of my petition.
“The application was filed on July 16 to the Ekiti state resident electoral commissioner, Prof Abdulganiyu Raji, and upon approval of the application, we made payment on July 20. Till now, no document has been made available to us by INEC.
“We equally made an application for certified true copies of the document to the INEC chairman, Abuja, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, on July 17, and upon approval, payment was made on July 18.
“I, therefore, make a passionate appeal to INEC not to frustrate me further as the damage it has done to me is enough.
“The action of INEC is showing that they are out to frustrate me so that time will completely run out against me in line with the expectation of their task masters.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Democratic Party (APC) won the Ekiti state gubernatorial elections.
The former minister defeated 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 Olusola in 12 local government areas.
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