By: OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the mandate given to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in the state as a product of ‘poll robbery’.
The party vowed that they would deploy every constitutional means to retrieve what he called a ‘ stolen mandate’ from Fayemi stressing that the party would challenge the election in court.
The party however said it was not embarrassed by the congratulatory message sent by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to Fayemi on his victory, saying that was what was expected from an elder statesman.
“We are not embarrassed and we can’t join issue with Chief Obasanjo
on that . When a young man became successful,the elders will
congratulate him. But the former President will soon change when he
realizes that Fayemi actually stole the victory”, it said.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital on Monday on the outcome of the election,the party’s Chairman in Ekiti,Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase,accused the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and security of conspiring to subvert the will of the electorate.
Oguntuase specifically fingered the two federal government bodies of
alleged involvement in the allocation of votes to Fayemi, just to
disgrace Governor Ayodele Fayose, who has consistently been posing as
the major opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oguntuase said over 20 members of the party, including the Chief of
Staff to the Governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo and four of his aides
among others were arrested by combined forces of military and
paramilitary security outfits and clamped in detention on the day of
He described the governorship poll as an embarrassment to democrats
across the globe, saying APC governors spending huge amount that could have been used to develop their states to buy votes indicated that the party has no interest of the masses at heart.
He said: “What did they need 30,000 police officers for in Ekiti when criminals were killing Nigerians in other states? Ekiti people knew they were in our state for a task and not to protect their votes and that was why there was no jubilation or ceremony anywhere in the state after the election.
“This election was far from being free, fair and credible. In Ilejemeje, Ilawe, Ikole, Ise/Orun,Oye,Ado and other major towns in Ekiti,many of our people were beaten by APC thugs being aided by
the security men.
“As we speak,the results declared by INEC to give victory to Fayemi
was more than the number of accredited voters. So, where did they get the additional votes they added?
“We are going to use every constitutional means to retrieve this
stolen mandate, it is just a matter of time.
“APC mobilized over N11 billion to buy votes in Ekiti. They came here
to perpetrate electoral perfidy and such will not stand”, he stated.
Oguntuase stated that the federal government deliberately delayed June allocation to Ekiti to create impression that Fayose was owing
salaries and to sway votes for APC.
On those arrested and detained members,Oguntuase told the police to release them to the party, saying : “We are not going to tolerate
excuses that they had escaped from detention when they cannot be found anywhere from police.
“They must not just be released immediately to us, they must also be
hale and hearty”, he added.