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PDP Officially Rejects Ondo Election Result, Heads To Court

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State. The party described the results of the election as declared by INEC as a “charade and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State”.

The spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday said the INEC aided the APC to rig the election. 

But how did it happen?
He said INEC has "graduated from inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections to 'Advanced Election Rigging', as in the
case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections”.

The PDP's statement read: "It is common knowledge that the APC Agents openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law.

“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country.

“The actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC led Administration left us no time to campaign and sell our Candidate and Party Manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.

“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.

“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria.

“In view of the fact that the Election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the APC, we vehemently reject the results of the November 26, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.

“We have instructed our Candidate and the Ondo Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the Outcome of the Election.

“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter as we request for the total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State.”