PDP rejects outcome of Ondo election, heads to court

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede during his accreditation for Ondo 2016 Governorship Election at Ward 7, Unit 20, in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday (26/11/16).
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Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede during his accreditation for Ondo 2016 Governorship Election at Ward 7, Unit 20, in Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday (26/11/16). 8661/26/11/2016/Ayodeji AlabiBJO/NAN

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

The party described the outcome of the election as declared by the Chief Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, as a “charade and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State”.

Mr. Ambali had Sunday declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, winner of the election.

Mr. Akeredolu polled 244, 842, to defeat the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who rallied 150, 380 votes to place second in the race.

The spokesperson of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday said the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, aided the APC to rig the election.

He said INEC has now “graduated from inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the Country to ‘Advanced Election Rigging’, as in the
case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections”.

Mr. Adeyeye, in a statement, said “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.

“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country”.

Mr. Adeyeye said PDP had persistently called for the postponement of the Election before Saturday, for at least two weeks to enable the Party Campaign and prepare properly for the Election.

He said the party’s request followed the setback orchestrated by “Justice Okon Abang and the charlatans in PDP who allowed themselves to be used by the APC to destroy our chances in the Ondo State Election.

“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.

He also said Saturday’s election and all actions leading to it fell short of laid down principles guiding conduct of elections in Nigeria.

“We have instructed our Candidate and the Ondo State Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the Outcome of the Election.

“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter as we request for the total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State,” the party said.


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  • Local Observer

    Premium Times Editor,

    It is not a free and fair election that happened in Ondo state.
    That election must be condemned by all right-thinking people in Nigeria.
    The PDP was virtually locked out of the campaigns until 36 hours to the election.
    That is not the meaning of a free and fair election. On that ground alone, without more,
    the Ondo state election should be cancelled outright for a new election to take place fairly.
    The PDP is constitutionally entitled to a minimum number of days to do a state-wide campaign.

    • MO the Observer

      did I heard locked out? by who? APC or INEC?, another question is, are other major party contenders didn’t have lawsuits just like PDP struggles with their internal fracas? yes they did, but APC and AD was mature enough to settle their differences in their parties… but PDP fails to see beyond their differences, now blaming their failures on INEC and APC that was not there when they chose Sheriff as their acting chairman … let them go to court, at least lawyers go chop

      • tundemash

        PDPigs were locked out by God and I agree with that.

        • Observer

          True talk

    • Babso

      This is the most uncharitable comment so far here. PDP was never locked out as they were not prevented at any time from campaigning. They had issue of who really is their candidate and since the votes goes to the party and not the candidates, they should have gone ahead campaigning while await court verdict on the dispute. PDP shot themselves in the foot and should blame no one for their failure.

      • aisha ani

        Good answer.

    • Bright Henry

      This is the dumbest post I have read in a long time.

      • ebong

        Boy,you’re wicked.This your mouth,oh your fingers!

    • tundemash

      I agree PDPigs were locked out by God; when God deserts you, you inflict your own wounds and blame then everyone else.

  • henry

    Case dismissed for lack of merit. Rather than congratulating the winner they desire to go to the tribunal for academic exercise. Good, the lawyers must eat.

    • MO the Observer

      Henry, you really speak my mind… Lawyer must chauw na…. clean and clear lack of merit case. peaceful, free and fair election in which observers commended… I’m glad that all parties tried to buy votes by offering money to
      electorates as observed by independent observers, so, why are they complaining because it didn’t worked for them?

  • linkhadj.

    A cheap and ineffective excuse for a deserved defeat at the polls. What is INEC’s blame? Was it the one that created factions in your uncoordinated Party? Was it the one who took the factions to different court’s? Was INEC the Court that ordered name substitution of canddidates? Would INEC had disobeyed Court’s judgements? And why should INEC postpone the Election because of one Party’s internal problem /indiscipline? Has INEC no fixed timetable for its elections and is it not known to all Parties? Should INEC be postponing elections based on the self-indused internal problems of each Party?
    Is that one of the grounds as stated in the Electoral Act? Just go and quietly mourn your loss and leave INEC alone. Nonsense!

    • Otile

      What a ludicrous uninformed opinion!

      • MO the Observer

        hahhahahaha, oya tell us your own learned opinion na

      • ebong

        Professor, we’re waiting for your well informed opinion.

      • linkhadj.

        Otile, Otile! Am always fascinated by your Jankara style of commenting. It does not give room for any intelligent analysis of issues on ground.

      • Aminu

        I thought PDP defeat of Ondo election has silenced you, anyway just try to reason properly that some voters usually votes for the sake of the party and not necessarily the candidate while others votes for the candidate while some votes for both, either way Ondo electorates have rejected you.You punished them with hunger by not paying them salaries for good 6 months and yet seeking their mandate to continue their sufferings.You should be grateful with sympathy votes given by stomach infrastructure beneficiaries what wasn’t enough to secure victory perhaps let PDP change name like NEPA and see it it will get acceptance in future election.

  • MO the Observer

    Ondo state PDP should listen to themselves.. a free and fair election that was determined by the peoples votes? you claim they bought votes by bribing the voters(electorates) to vote for them, didn’t PDP practiced same norm in the same election? you said “It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country”. hahaha, this guy must be under the influence of weed…what did the Governor used the bail out fund that was given to him by federal government so as for him to pay the citizens of Ondo state salary including the 13% derivation fund allocated to ondo state as one of the oil producing states, yet he is owing 6 to 7 months salary; to say the worse , he promised the citizens that he would pay them all owned salary on 25th (friday) November, only to change his mind that he will pay them today 28th december , as long as they vote for his party… you think Ondo state citizens are like Ekiti state citizens? Alaye, please take your challenge to court

  • Nipi Naija

    I hope (Dis)Honourable (In)Justice Okon Abang is NOT a member of the Appeal Panel oh! If he is, I want to advise the PDP not to waste their time going there oh! Hahahahaha!

  • sammyctu ode

    Dishonorable corrupt insolence power hungry pdp will always reject anything good cos they are a bunch of criminals without conscience who wants to continue to rape, loot and kill Nigeria forever. Every step of the way the conduct of Ondo election was fair, transparent and credible and all steps of the way it was live on television stations. To useless pdp, Nigerians are no fools, they fully support the policies of PMB and we know we can trust him and will move Nigeria forward. The 16 years of nigeria’s destruction under pdp will continue to affect our physique for many years to come.

  • Isaac Azor

    Waste of time and resources to keep body and soul busy in the absence of work!

  • IG

    This guy adeyeye is a comedian.hahahahhahahaha

  • ayo

    Pls Nigerias leave this useless party PDP. alone. i will like to assist them in the law court, the only thing that remain with them is to tell the ACJ to relocate the tribunal to Mimiko or Fayose bedroom. Pls nigerian forget about them join MMM and make your money while the useless politician wasting their looted money in Court.

  • Bright Henry

    If someone is heading to the tribunals, is it for such flimsy reasons? These guys r sounding like toddlers. Please someone read this press statement again and see the hollowness therein. Even the tone suggest they where defeated. Na just gra gra and noise making be this.

  • Spyman29

    When will these charlatans stop chasing shadows

  • Powerlessconscious

    I can not pick a genuine complain from this pdp guy. he was only rambling.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun


  • Let’s congratulate Sheriff Alimodu, Buhari, INEC, Justice Okon Abang for the sham called election. A nollywood comedy movie designed to amuse the world. Let’s move one. The APC comedy movie is over. Next.

  • sammyctu ode

    Rejected corrupt people, rejected party forever and rejected cultists and cabals forever – that’s pdp.

  • Water No Get Enemy

    PDP can head to anywhere even beyond the courts, in as much as the chief mourner of the election in ondo state which is olusegun Mimiko has conceded defeat and congratulated the winner every other thing is an after thought and a futile exercise.