As Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was, on Sunday, declared winner of Saturday’s gubernatorial election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has vowed to challenge Amosun’s victory at the election tribunal.
In a statement issued by his campaign organisation, PDP declared the gubernatorial election as very unfortunate and a travesty staged to help the All Progressives Congress (APC) achieve victory.
The statement, signed by Mr. Ifekayode Akinbode,
Director of Media of the campaign organisation (GNICO) said: “Whereas, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared APC the winner with 307,008 votes and the PDP coming second with 201,440 votes, we are not oblivious of the clear manipulations misrepresentations, under-hand dealings and outright rigging by the APC; and most unfortunately with the culpability of INEC.”
“We are displeased with the outcome of the governorship election, particularly because it was irregular in most aspects. It is clearly not a true reflection of Ogun people’s wish and it will be challenged as appropriate”.
“However, we must state a few facts here to support our preliminary position. Before the election, we alerted that huge numbers of uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were in the possession of APC stalwarts with the intention to give same to their party members for use with active connivance of compromised Corps members and INEC staffs. This was, indeed, what happened.”
GNICO also said: “On the election date, Ogun people trooped out and actually voted for the PDP. As at 3p.m. we were actually receiving good results from all over the state as results were being announced and posted from various polling booths.”
“This was the situation until Sen. Amosun defied the electoral law and moved out of his polling zone into other areas of Abeokuta and then to Sagamu, Ota and Ifo local government areas with a full retinue of buses”.
“What followed were reports of snatching of ballot boxes and stuffing of same in these locations. Same manipulation happened enroute the collation centres. It was for these reasons that some PDP agents refused to sign the results sheets; yet the umpire went ahead to announce results despite the over-voting, result falsification, harassment of our party agents and other irregularities”.
“Clearly, the huge votes from Ogun central local governments of Abeokuta North Abeokuta South, Odeda, Obafemi Owode, as well as Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area, in Ogun West Senatorial District, were a true reflection of the rigging.”
“It is in the light of the fore-going that our legal officers and the party are looking at the results and they shall come up with a clear position on this election that was marred with gross irregularities”.
“We implore our supporters, party faithfuls and indeed Ogun people to remain calm. We appreciate the support, trust and confidence reposed on Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka. He remains committed to making life more abundant for the masses.”