Ondo Election: PDP Passes Vote Of No Confidence On INEC

Ondo Election: PDP Passes Vote Of No Confidence On INECBarely 24 hours to the Saturday, November 26 governorship elections in Ondo state, the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducting free and fair elections in the state.

Spokesperson to the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, told journalists in Abuja that the party lost its confidence in the electoral body after it substituted the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede before it was reinstated by the Appeal Court on Wednesday.

He insisted that the electoral body had no reason not to postpone the elections to another date so as to compensate their candidate for the time lost in his campaign while the court cases lasted.

“As far as am concerned, under this circumstances, INEC is no longer independent. Its name should now be called partial national electoral commission – PNEC.

“It’s no longer independent because it seems to me that there is a cabal dictating to them everything they want to do.

“The national commissioners that are deployed to Ondo state, we have no confidence in them. They are the same people sent to Edo state to rig the elections. They rigged the elections in Edo state. So we don’t have confidence in them going to Ondo state.

“The other issue is the Ondo elections. We called on INEC severally to postpone the elections because they are part of the problem that we are facing. If they had not substituted Jegede’s name illegally, we would not have had this problem.

“I say they substituted the name illegally because they monitored the primary, the name was submitted, you accepted it and you published the name as the candidate of PDP. Then suddenly the court order came and you have two court orders. You choose the one you obey.

“And you know INEC has a panel of legal advisers who work for them; legal consultants made up of SANs. They normally refer these matters to them and they give them advice. And to the best of my knowledge, that panel gave them advice to retain Jegede’s name.”

Jegede Demands Postponement 

Ondo state governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede, on Thursday called for a postponement of the election.

Mr Jegede said that he had been left with no chance of campaigning as the campaigns ended at midnight on Thursday and it was time for INEC to prove that it was indeed interested in giving all candidates equal opportunity.

Alongside the leadership of the party in Ondo state, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, on Friday stormed the INEC office to press home his demand but INEC said that it would go ahead as planned.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje, insisted: “We have passed that stage. No postponement. We are going ahead on Saturday.”

The PDP man expressed disappointment: “We are asking you to give us the same opportunity and now you say it is expensive. We say give us a level playing ground, you say it is expensive.”

Speaking later on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Mr Jegede argued that by the Electoral Act, INEC ought to display the names of candidates for 30 days.

Therefore, with his name “unlawfully removed” on October 27 and later reinstated to be displayed for only two days, it would be unfair to proceed with the election which saw other candidates’ names duly displayed for 30 days.

Ondo AD Warns Against Manipulation Of Governorship Election Result

Ondo AD Warns Against Manipulation Of Governorship Election ResultThe Alliance for Democracy (AD) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies against manipulating the results of the Ondo governorship election in favour of any party, especially the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

AD’s warning comes less than 24 hours into the election which would see the people of Ondo State go to the polls to elect their governor for the next four years.

According to the statement issued in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Director General of Olusola Oke Campaign Organization, Bola Ilori, said any attempt to manipulate the result of the election will be resisted by the good people of Ondo State.

He added that the people of the state should be allowed to choose who rules them.

The statement reads: “While we as a party are prepared for the election, we will support anything that will aid the peaceful conduct of election.

“However, we will not fold our ‎arms and allow our destinies to be determined by people who are not only political invaders but people who have subjected our people to untold hardship.

“Also, the security agencies should make sure they don’t take side. They should deal with anybody who forments trouble. Just like we have told our people, they should not allow anybody to dictate what they will do to them but make sure they keep vigil and defend their votes.

“We are also aware of plans to cause trouble in Akoko Land, Ondo South senatorial district and other areas considered to be strongholds of AD.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari cannot deliver the dividends of democracy he promised the people, he should not cause chaos in the state. He should warn INEC and security agencies against enacting a replica of 1983 political crisis in the state.”

ACN, Accord Party and PDP file petitions against Ondo governorship election

The governorship candidates of Accord Party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Friday, submitted petitions against the victory of Dr Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party at the October 20 governorship election in Ondo state.

The petitions were submitted to the Secretary of the state Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, Mr. Yusuf Musa.

According to the three parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Dr Mimiko as the winner of the election despite glaring irregularities.

The ACN candidate Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), in his 403-page petition demanded the outright nullification of the election, arguing that the governor was not duly re-elected by a majority of ‘lawful votes’.

This he claimed made the election to be invalid “by reason of corrupt practices and or non-compliance with provision of the Electoral Act.”

The former NBA chairman also added that they have found a good reason to head for the tribunal, expressing assurance that the election will be set aside and a rerun will be conducted.

The PDP’s candidate, Chief Olusola Oke, in his own petition, alleged electoral irregularities, manipulation of votes and outright falsification of results in some areas of the state.

He also asked the tribunal to nullify the election and conduct a fresh one or declare him the winner of the election.

Mr. Olawale Ojo of Accord Party alleged that INEC unlawfully excluded his name and the logo of his party from the ballot papers used for the election contrary to the 2010 Electoral Act.

A 20 member legal team, led by a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Akinlolu Olujimi, is representing Mr Akeredolu and his party. One of the legal team, Adekola Olawoye, claimed that there are about 117 witnesses that are ready to testify at the tribunal.