In the Saturday governorship election held in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Party was declared winner by the Returning Officer of the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali.
Mr. Akeredolu polled a total of 244, 842, to defeat the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who rallied 150, 380 votes to place second in the race.
Notwithstanding that some groups have commended the INEC on what they think to be a free and fair election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declined to accept the outcome of the result of the governorship election, saying the exercise was rigged before it was conducted.
Their major grievance as stated by the Publicity Director of the party in the state, Ayodele Fadaka, who was reacting to the results on Sunday, is that INEC connived with some powerful persons in the country to rig election.
He alleged that the processes that led to the election amounted to rigging, saying INEC need not hold the election when it knew that the name of the PDP candidate was unjustifiably removed from the list of candidates.
According to him, INEC had up till January to hold the election, and should have postponed it, but chose to go ahead with it because it planned to ensure the PDP failed in the election.
The PDP failed this election simply because INEC and some other interest groups decided it will fail.”
“I will say that powerful interest in this country, working hand in gloves with INEC decided to do us in this election, they decided and desired and they have achieved their aim to hand over our party to PAC,” he said.
Asked if his party accepted the results, Mr. Fadaka said, “My answer is neither here nor there,” stressing that the election came hastily despite the travails of the party in court.
“There is no democracy in this game, there is no fairness and there is no equity in what we have see and what has just happened here,” he said.
However, APC members and supporters on the other are very delighted.
The representative of the candidate of the APC, Benson Enikuomehim, said the party praised the effort of INEC in the conduct of the election.
He said Mr. Akeredolu expressed his satisfaction with the election and extended his hands of fellowship to other candidates who contested against him.
He said Mr. Akeredolu would use the mandate judiciously to serve the people of Ondo State.
The APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, said in a statement made available on Sunday in Akure that the election was unprecedentedly peaceful, free and fair in the history of the state. He commended the good people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the election.
He praised the professionalism of all security agencies before, during and after the poll.
Written by Okolo Ezinne