Mr Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State governor has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has merged with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the Ondo State governorship election.
According to him, “The Returning Officers by INEC already have fake results that they will announce to Nigerians as they did in Edo State.
He added that, “The sad reality confronting the electoral process in Nigeria today is that apart from the APC, other political parties are now contesting elections against INEC.”
In a statement he issued on Friday and personally signed, Fayose urged the people of Ondo State to be extremely vigilant and that when they go out tomorrow to cast their votes, they must stand by their votes, follow their votes from the polling stations to the ward collation centres, local government collation centres and the state collation centre.
“At the early hours of today, information came in that the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Kayode Soremekun, who was the INEC Returning Officer in the recently concluded Edo State governorship election that is still a subject of litigation, will also serve as the Returning Officer for the Ondo State election.
“The questions that came to my mind were; is Prof Kayode Soremekun the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria? Is FUOYE the only federal university in Nigeria? Is Ekiti the only State where INEC can find Returning Officers?
“Definitely, INEC is up to a sinister game on the Ondo State election and it is obvious that the electoral commission is working with the All Progressives Congress (APC). This belief was further made manifest by the response of Prof Soremekun to a SMS and a call, saying that he was only being used as decoy by INEC.
“This was further corroborated by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who said on television that identities of those to be used as Returning Officers are being kept secret. Obviously, it is clear beyond any doubt that INEC is only trying to make a volte-face, after its sinister motive of using the same people it used to rig the Edo State election was exposed.
“Electoral process should be an open book that anyone can read. Sadly, less than 24 hours to the Ondo State election, INEC is telling Nigerians and the entire world that identities of those to serve as Returning Officers are being kept secret. Why should those that will conduct election be hidden from Nigerians? Is election now a secret affair” part of the statement asked.
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