The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the result of the Ondo State governorship election and called for its cancellation.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday the party said it had directed its candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, and the Ondo State chapter to challenge the outcome of the election at the tribunal.
The call is in contrast to the stance of the Governor Olusegun Mimiko who has congratulated the governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, promising to work with him for a successful transition.
The PDP described the election as a charade, which did not reflect the will of the people and accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of rigging the poll in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
It said, “INEC has however graduated from Inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the Country to ‘Advanced Election Rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo states Gubernatorial Elections.
“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.”
The PDP said the APC succeeded in buying votes because of the harsh economic situation it had inflicted upon Nigerians “which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country.”
It added, “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. The election and all actions leading to it fall short of laid down principles guiding conduct of elections in Nigeria.
“We have instructed our candidate and the Ondo State 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.”