The ruling party in the state claims that there are several irregularities and poor preparations on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as men and officers of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
A statement by the party’s spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, said that voters in several parts of the State had suffered several incidents of Card Reader failures.
“Despite the fact that INEC owns more than xxx units of Card Readers, in several locations there are no back up Card Readers. As such, many voters are already being deprived of the right to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice,” the statement read.
‘Plots To Rig’
Explaining further, the party claimed that the Polling Unit of Governor Olusegun Mimiko suffered Card Reader failure at his Polling Unit – Ward 7 Unit 20 Ondo West Local Government Area – that has prevented voters from casting their votes.
It said: “In Ward 2 of Akure South Local Government Area, Tunji Light-Ariyo, a known Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was recorded campaigning and canvassing for votes for the APC candidate – Mr Rotimi Akeredolu – at PUs 28, 29, and 30 in spite of the prohibition of such actions by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“The recording of this event also clearly show several police officers and men of other security agencies standing by and doing nothing while this was going on,” the party further alleged.
According to the PDP the video shows that the policemen were providing security cover for him.
The party pointed out that the incidents were violations of the law and evidence of the plots to rig the elections in favour of Mr Akeredolu.
“We reiterate our earlier warnings that we will not stand by and watch anyone tamper with the democratic process and subvert the will of the Ondo people,” the PDP added.
Electorates in the state are voting in the governorship election to elect among 28 contestants a successor for incumbent Governor Mimiko.
The PDP and its candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, had on Thursday called for the postponement of the election to enable their candidate prepare campaign for the election, but the INEC said it had made everything needed for the election ready and would go ahead with the election.