Olusola Oke said he has evidence to prove the elections were manipulated
By Ayodeji Abimbola
Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES)-Despite his party’s acceptance of defeat in the Ondo State gubernatorial election, the candidate of the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) has vowed to challenge the result of the, October 20, election in court.
Olusola Oke, who emerged runner-up in the election, says accepting the result of the election in the face of alleged irregularities aided by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and security agencies is “collaborating with injustice and perfidy which is the greatest disservice to Democracy”.
“The election was marred by severe irregularities, widespread malpractices, vitiating distortions and perversions by INEC in collaboration with the state government and security forces in the state,” Mr. Oke said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kunle Adebayo.
According to Mr. Oke, the incumbent governor, Olusegun Mimiko, is enjoying a stolen mandate.
“All our investigations, collated reports as well as reports by first class election observers and monitors have shown massive evidence of monumental corruption and manipulation of INEC’s documents and the entire electoral process,” he said.
Mr. Oke alleged that INEC deliberately looked the other way while the incumbent government overloaded the voters’ register with more than 150,000 fictitious names in favour of the incumbent.
“This crime was allowed in spite of our repeated petitions and public complaints to INEC that the ruling government was planning to clone voters cards and inject fake names into the voters register,” he said.
He further alleged cases of intimidation of opposition members and voters at polling stations as well as ballot stuffing in rural areas.
The PDP candidate said he has unimpeachable evidence to show that the election was compromised. He alleged that most of these irregularities were captured graphically and widely reported in the media.
Mr. Oke’s party, the PDP, through its spokesman, Olisa Metuh, accepted defeat in the elections and congratulated Mr. Mimiko
“When the ugly facts of the election come out in the next few weeks, Nigerians will see the magnitude of perfidy, malpractice, shame and corruption which lay at the heart of the election,” he said.