Mimiko Disagrees With Buhari Says ” APC Using Edo Method To Rig PDP Out Of Power In Ondo State.

By Ikenga Chronicles November 26, 2016

A few hours to the Ondo gubernatorial election President Muhammadu Buhari and Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, on Friday night disagreed over alleged plans to rig the polls.

While Buhari said the conduct of the polls would be better than what was recently witnessed in Edo State, Mimiko alleged that there were plans to use the ‘Edo method’ to rig the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) out of power.

Buhari, who vowed to conduct a free and peaceful election in the state and elsewhere in Nigeria, spoke in Aso Rock during a courtesy call by the Governance Support Group(GSG). He said he had no business in government if he could not guarantee a decent election.

“If we can’t guarantee decent elections, then we have no business being around. Edo State election was good, and I expect Ondo State election to be better” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

This development came as an APC chieftain, Afolabi Olaposi, was shot dead in Owo, the hometown of Akeredolu by suspected hoodlums while several houses were burnt by supporters of rival political parties in the town.

The APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, said Olaposi was shot dead on his way home after attending a meeting of the party in preparation for the governorship election.

Mimiko who addressed a press conference in Akure on Friday said all the steps taken by the electoral umpire towards the election pointed to attempts to manipulate the election in favour of the APC.

One of the steps, he said, was the deployment of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Oye-Ekiti, Prof. Kayode Soremefun, as the Returning Officer for the polls so as to allegedly use the same method used
during the recently concluded Edo State governorship election.

According to him, the same team of ad hoc staff, which oversaw the largely controversial Edo election, had been sent to Ondo to deliver a preconceived result for the APC’s candidate.

Mimiko said; “I have to state this here and now, that our people will not accept the method, men and process unleashed on Edo. We reject unequivocally the mission of this team in our state.”

The Edo team did not only call off collation by 9pm on election day, party agents, monitors and journalists were ordered out of the collation centres allowing for final subversion of the will of the electorates.

“We must say that the above is not all that INEC and those who want a particular candidate to emerge have done. Efforts have been concerted by INEC and forces within the APC to prevent the emergence of a credible and electable candidate for the PDP in Ondo state. ”

He said INEC refused to publish Eyitayo Jegede’s name for 30 days as stipulated in Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010.

The state chapter of the PDP also kicked against Soremekun’s reappointment, saying it was evident that INEC was working with the APC to rig the election.

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