Labour Party, LP, in Ekiti State has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of robbing the party of four assembly seats in the state during the last Saturday’s House of Assembly election.
Chairman of the party, Mr Akin Omole who spoke to journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday, said the alleged fraud was perpetrated in Moba constituencies I and II , Emure and Ekiti South constituency I.
According to the LP chieftain, the party will challenge the outcome of the results at the election petition tribunal, saying the party had evidence to prove its case.
Omole alleged that the electoral officers in the councils collaborated in the rigging of the elections in those areas in cahoots with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, thereby ceding the victories to the ruling party.
Condemning the INEC officials over what he called conspiracy, the LP boss and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele called on the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiri Jega to sanction those involved in the electoral fraud.
“In two of these constituencies, particularly in Moba II, the electoral officer had declared the LP candidate, Bolarinwa Pius Oluyomi, the winner of the election, only for him to now go to an unknown destination and changed the results, even when our supporters were already jubilating.
“Also in Moba I, the results collated from the wards gave victory to our candidate, Mr Julius Adebiyi . But when the final collation was to take place, some PDP members brought soldiers to the venue and drove the people away and changed the results in favour of the PDP.
“The same frauds were perpetrated in Emure and Ekiti South West constituency I, where our candidates, Messrs Paul Awopetu and Benedict Oluyemi were robbed of their victories.”


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