The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State violated election laws by campaigning during voting.
The party said Tunji Light-Ariyo, a known chieftain of the APC, was recorded campaigning on behalf of and canvassing for votes for the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, at PUs 28, 29, and 30 in Ward 2 of Akure South Local Government Area, in spite of the prohibition of such actions by the Electoral Act 2010.
The party in a statement by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, said “the recording of this event also clearly show several police officers and men of other security agencies standing by and doing nothing while this was going on.
“In fact the video shows that the police men were providing security cover for him.”
The PDP also complained that voters in several parts of the state have suffered several incidents of card reader failures.
The party said despite that INEC owns lots of card readers, in several locations, there were no back up card readers. The party said many voters were deprived of their right to vote for candidates of their choice.
“For instance, the Polling Unit of Governor Olusegun Mimiko suffered Card Reader failure at his Polling Unit – Ward 7 Unit 20 Ondo West Local Government Area – that has prevented voters from casting their votes,” it said.
PDP said its early observations from the conduct of the Ondo State gubernatorial election has shown several irregularities and poor preparations on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
“We view these incidents for what they are – violations of the law and evidence of the plots to rig the elections in favour of Rotimi Akeredolu.
“We reiterate our earlier warnings that we will not stand by and watch anyone tamper with the democratic process and subvert the will of the Ondo people,” the party said.