The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of Ekiti State governorship election conducted on Saturday and won by Dr Kayode Fayemi, the immediate past Minister of Mineral Development.
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary and the party’s flag bearer in Ekiti, Prof Kolapo Olusola, announced the rejection in separate statements made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti.
In the release by Ologbondiyan, the party said the election process of collating the election results was characterised by open alteration, brutalisation of innocent citizens, barefaced cruelty and intimidation of party members by security agencies.
“It was a brazen assault against democracy and a direct subversion of the will of the people which is completely unacceptable.
“The PDP is armed with the details of all manipulations by the APC members, who were aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centres amidst the brutalisation of our agents,” he said.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP had details of all the polling units where it won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC.
He insisted that the security agencies assisted in the swapping and alteration of such results at the collation centre.
The party spokesman said “the robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people is a horrible rape of democracy”.
In a related development, Prof Olusola said the party would take the legal action because of various security infractions that took place during the election.
According to the PDP candidate, there were indiscriminate arrests of party leaders and agents.
“There were harassments and brutalisation of voters on a massive scale; providing tacit support to thugs, and giving cover to APC agents as they financially induced voters at the polling station,” he said.
Olusola, however, urged his supporters to eschew violence as the party pushes its case via legal means.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Ado-Ekiti