The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the results of Saturday’s local government elections in Ogun State and called for cancellation of the exercise.
The party’s South-West Zonal Secretary, Bunmi Jenyo, at a press conference on Sunday in Abeokuta, said the elections were characterized by fraud and irregularities.
According to the results declared by the state electoral commission, the ruling All Progressives Congress swept the poll.
“The conduct of the election by Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGISIEC) across the 20 local governments and 37 newly created LCDAs is condemnable, irresponsible and unacceptable for height of irregularities and violence masterminded by the APC, due to the ruling party’s imminent loss to opposition PDP in the process,” Mr. Jenyo said.
He alleged that APC resorted to rigging because of the rejection of its candidates by the people across the state.
Mr. Jenyo said the action of the ruling APC was “barbaric, primitive and ridiculous”, taken because “PDP’s popularity scared them to resorting to violence which marred the entire process completely.”
He said election materials were not supplied in some local governments, such as Ijebu water side, and that “ballots boxes, papers and other electoral logistics were not provided by OGISIEC’.
The PDP spokesperson said ballot boxes and papers were hijacked by miscreants in some local government areas, particularly in Abeokuta.
He further alleged that there were sporadic shooting in some local councils, and that some PDP members who resisted the hoodlums sustained injuries from gun shots and machete cuts in Ilara, Remo North Local Government Area.
Mr. Jenyo said some of his injured party members were being treated at Backcock University Teaching Hospital in Remo council area of the state.
“As a result (of the violence), many voters were scared and terrorized to leave their polling units”, he said.
“Definitely, with the aforementioned facts, it is obvious that the election exercise must be cancelled outrightly, if democratic values are anything to go by in Nigeria. And we therefore call for its cancellation”.
However, the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, said the election was free and fair, and therefore acceptable to the council.
The council, which comprises all political parties in the state, stated this at a press conference in Abeokuta. The press conference was boycotted by the PDP, Unity Party of Nigeria and Labour Party.
The Chairman of IPAC, Moshood Adesina, told journalists at the conference that those calling for cancellation of the elections were “disgruntled elements within the council”.
Mr. Adesina said the process leading to the elections was transparent and inclusive, as the electoral body provided a level playing ground devoid of irregularities.
“We have resolved that the outcome of the elections, as announced by OGSIEC, is a true and fair representation of the performance of the different political parties that participated in the process. In all we express our satisfaction with the conduct of the elections and outcome”, the council declared.