The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially announced its rejection of the results of the Ondo state governorship elections held on Saturday.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr. Akeredolu polled 244, 842, to defeat the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who rallied 150, 380 votes to place second in the race while Olusola Oke of the AD was a distant third.
The Chief Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali declared Rotimi Akeredolu as the governor-elect but the PDP has now faulted the election results and has said the party will challenge the result in court.
The spokesperson of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye accused the APC of colluding with INEC to rig the elections.
“It is common knowledge that the APC Agents openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law. Adeyeye said
“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the harsh economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which has indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country”.
He went on to say “The actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC led Administration left us no time to campaign and sell our Candidate and Party Manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.
“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.
“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria.
“In view of the fact that the Election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the APC, we vehemently reject the results of the November 26, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State,” he said.