The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has accused a Senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, of inducing voters during Saturday’s national assembly elections in Ogun East Senatorial District where he emerged winner.
In a a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday, deputy director of Senator Ibikunle Amosun Campaign Organisation, Bisi Adegbuyi, said that the election was “marred by gross irregularities, inducement and intimidation of voters, manipulation and falsification of the results.” He said that the party would contest the result at the tribunal.
At the election, the APC’s candidate for the Ogun East Senatorial District, Dapo Abiodun, the party’s candidates for Remo and Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside federal constituencies, Olayinka Odufuwa and Sulaiman Olubiyi respectively lost in the election.
According to Adegbuyi, the party has “incontrovertible evidence of the manipulations that took place and the roles played by certain individuals.”
“We therefore reject the results of the national assembly elections, particularly the one for the senatorial seat and the two federal constituencies, Remo and Ijebu North/Ijebu East/ Ogun Waterside.
“We want the entire world to know that the results as announced by INEC reflect predetermined, manipulated and fictitious figures forged by a rigging machinery of the PDP led by its senatorial candidate, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.
“The APC is determined to challenge the results of the Ogun East senatorial elections and the two House of Representatives seats within the confines of the law,” he said.
However, Kashamu denied the allegations, saying the claims by the APC are totally unfounded.
Speaking through his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, the senator-elect noted that if there was rigging and intimidation, as alleged, they should supply the details.
“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified them with a response. You can see that the statement is loud in noise and lacking in substance.
“If they say there was rigging, intimidation and manipulation during the election, they should supply the details, rather than hiding under some nebulous excuses that say nothing.”