Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has raised the alarm that
democracy has been placed on trial in Ondo State, alleging that the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has merged with the
All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the Ondo State governorship
election.

Governor Fayose, who made this known in a statement issued on Friday,
which he personally signed, alleged that “the Returning Officers by
INEC already have fake results that they will announce to Nigerians as
they did in Edo State,” adding 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.”

He urged the people of Ondo State to be extremely vigilant, saying;
“When they go out tomorrow to cast their votes, they must stand by
their votes. They must follow their votes from the polling stations to
the ward collation centres, local government collation centres and the
State collation centre.”

The statement read; “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 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?

“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.

“It is clear that the Returning Officers already have fake results
that they will announce to Nigerians as they did in Edo State.

“Evidently, democracy in Nigeria has suffered a serious setback and it
will take the insistence and resistance of the people of Ondo State
for their votes to count tomorrow.

“Furthermore, to sustain the planned rigging, names of some judges
seen as trusted enough to give the APC favourable judgment have been
compiled to be used as members of the Election Petition Tribunal. In
other words, the election tribunal has been constituted even before
the election is held.

“I therefore urge the people of Ondo State to be extremely vigilant.
When they go out tomorrow to cast their votes, they must stand by
their votes. They must follow their votes from the polling stations to
the ward collation centres, local government collation centres and the
State collation centre.

“My dear people of Ondo State, if they tell you to leave the State
collation centre at any time that collation will be suspended as they
did in Edo State, resist it. Stay awake all night on Saturday till
final result is announced.

“INEC must be reminded that is has a duty to Nigerians and not APC.
The people of Ondo State must be the one to elect their own governor,
not INEC.

“Therefore, tomorrow’s election must be free, fair and credible.

“Nigerians must remember there is no alternative to democracy, we must
salvage it together.”


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  • vic

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    IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME THAT THIS THIEF WILL ENTER JAIL.