The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in collusion with the All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to stop the collations of results of the July 14 governorship poll midway to allow for the tampering and manipulation of the entire process.
The PDP, which spoke through the State Publicity secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, said both the INEC and the APC dubbed the sinister move ‘Edo State Code.’
The party therefore, warned INEC not to bow to pressures from the APC to subvert the will of the people of the state in the coming election.
“After it has become clear to Kayode Fayemi and his co-travellers that the people of the state have already rejected them, they are daily weaving plots upon plots that will never take them anywhere. Apart from their plan to use brute force, they are also planning to use some devilish models that they employed in some recent elections.
” First, they are touting what they call ‘see and buy approach’. The one they used in Ondo State where they dangled money at voters in the glare of compromised security agents to make people vote for them. Having realised that Ekiti people are principled and won’t be easily bought, they are now resorting to the Edo State Code.
“Recall that in the Edo State governorship election, having seen that the people had rejected them and their candidate, they colluded with INEC officials to stop the collations of results midway. That gave them and the then governor, Adams Oshiomhole, the opportunity to go round at night to tamper with the results.
” They particularly at that time, tampered with results from Edo South Senatorial District where the PDP candidate hails from. We are sounding a note of warning that the people of the state and our party will never allow for such criminal act to take place here in Ekiti State.
“Once voting and counting at polling units have been concluded, the results should be taken to collation centres and duly announced. There should never be a break in the process. We are also using this opportunity to call on lovers of democracy around the world, and the international community, to show special interest in the Ekiti State governorship election,” he said.
Adebayo also noted that the APC was trying all possible means to bring down Governor Ayodele Fayose politically because he has been a thorn in their flesh, saying Governor Ayodele Fayose is the indisputable leader and voice of the opposition in Nigeria.
”We want to again sound a strong warning on the enemies of democracy in APC because Fayose is not on the same page with them that why they are trying to hunt down a man who is on the side of the people, be assured that Kayode Fayemi and his team of political dreamers and losers will not be able to silence Governor Fayose because the voice of the people is the voice of God,” PDP added.
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