Fayose Blames INEC For PDP’s Loss In Ondo Election

INEC Rigged Ondo Election In Advance For APC - Fayose
Mr Ayo Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has lamented the outcome of the Ondo State Governorship election won by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He believes the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its collaborators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the election before it was conducted.

He said; “Just as I would have loved to congratulate the winner, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), because in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser, the role of INEC in awarding victory to him in the election left much to be desired”.

The Governor, who reacted in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said INEC gave the APC victory in the election “by deliberately replacing the name of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate, thereby creating legal logjam that lasted till three days to the election”.

He said that the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the uncharitable actions of INEC, “which has no doubt become an arm of the APC”.

He maintained that apart from the APC, political parties in Nigeria are now contesting elections against INEC.

“The whole process was a deliberate sabotage by INEC, which has totally bastardised the electoral process.

“Obviously, all these shenanigans are geared towards turning Nigeria to a one part state by weakening all opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections but I can assure Nigerians that this will not last because the people will always be defeat tyranny,” he said.

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election Win

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu on Ondo Gov’ship Election WinIn a statement issued on Sunday, by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara maintained that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election is a proof that the party is still loved by Nigerians.

“I would like to congratulate my learned colleague on his victory at the poll, and also commend our great party, the All Progressives Congress, for a thorough and successful campaign”, the statement read.

The Speaker urged all stakeholders to come together and ensure that the incoming APC government in Ondo delivers on the mandate given by the people in line with the party’s manifesto.

“As a party, we must take our victory in Ondo seriously since the people have placed enormous trust in us.  We must, therefore, deliver on policies that will improve their standard of living.”

While commending the people of Ondo state for keeping the election process peaceful and coming out to perform their civic duty, Dogara also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and security agencies for ensuring a hitch-free exercise.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

Akeredolu  polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes. Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) follows with 126, 889 votes.

Okorocha Congratulates Akeredolu On Ondo Election Victory

APC Governors, Progressive Governors, APCThe Imo State Governor and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has described the victory of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu in the just concluded Ondo State governorship election as a confirmation of the popularity of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the South-West.

He said that it also demonstrates the love of the people of the region for President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Governor Okorocha said that the margin with which the APC candidate defeated the candidates of other political parties showed that Nigerians understood the circumstances that gave rise to the current economic recession in the nation.

He added that those who thought that the current economic recession would affect the electoral fortunes of APC were wrong.

The Imo State Governor thanked the people of Ondo State for voting wisely and explained that the way they had voted only indicated how highly intelligent they were in interpreting political development and how richly they are endowed with wisdom.

He congratulated the people of Ondo State for what he believes is patriotism and also congratulated Akeredolu on his “resounding victory”.

He urged other candidates in the election to congratulate the winner without further delay.

Amosun Congratulates Akeredolu On Victory In Ondo Governorship Election

Amosun, Akeredolu, Ondo Governorship ElectionThe Ogun State Governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated Mr Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on his emergence as the governor-elect in Ondo State.

Mr Akeredolu, who was the APC candidate in the November 26 Ondo State governorship polls, emerged winner after scoring the highest number of votes cast in the keenly contested election.

While congratulating the Ondo State governor-elect, Governor Amosun in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Adejuwon Soyinka, also praised the people of Ondo State for choosing Akeredolu and the APC.

He added that Ondo people have made one choice that would bring unprecedented progress, infrastructural development as well as social and economic growth to the Sunshine State.

He described Akeredolu’s victory as one that portends a good omen for the collective development and progress of the southwest geopolitical zone, under the progressive sociopolitical and economic ideals of the APC.

The Ogun State Governor urged the Ondo governor-elect to see his emergence as an opportunity to unite the entire people of the state, regardless of political affiliation or tendencies.

Ondo Election: IGP Deploys 26,000 Police Men

ondo election, IGP, Police menAhead of the Ondo state governorship elections, Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM mni, has approved deployment of additional 26,000 conventional Police personnel.

This is following his directive that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Ondo State to ensure peaceful, credible, free and fair elections.

According to a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, the 26,000 will comprise five Policemen per polling unit, 2,000 Mobile Police Force (PMF), 10 cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the Anti Bomb Squad (EOD), the Marine Police, Conventional Policemen, the Armament Units, personnel from FCIID and FIIB and the Sniffer dogs section as well as Mounted Troops.

In addition, “20 Police Gunboats, three Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, 12 additional Armoured Personnel carriers and 300 Police patrol vehicles are being deployed throughout the State, including the riverine areas and difficult terrains.

“Other security and safety agencies who are members of inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state, will also be deployed to complement the Police during the elections.

A Deputy Inspector General of Police has been deployed to the State and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three Commissioners of Police, (for each Senatorial district) to coordinate the security operations and supervise the deployment of security personnel for the elections throughout the 3,009 polling units, 203 wards and 18 LGA of the State.

To further ensure adequate security and safety of life and property before, during and after the elections, the IGP instructed the Police officials to be polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities.

They are to provide security for the electorates, INEC Staff, election materials, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the elections, at the Polling booths, Collation Centres and INEC Offices throughout the period of the election.

As part of additional measures aimed at guaranteeing a peaceful and credible election, the IGP on November 22, attended a peace accord meeting of all the political parties, their flag bearers, INEC officials, election observers and other stakeholders before the date of the election in Akure, Ondo State.

Mr Idris said “all 28 participating political parties and their leaderships, Traditional rulers, Community leaders, parents and Guardians are advised to warn and prevail on their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allow themselves to be used to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the elections /electoral process anywhere in the state.

He stressed that “the full weight of the law will be applied on any person or group of persons found violating the electoral act or indulging in any criminal conduct capable of causing violence during the election.

The Police boss then assured electorates, contestants and all law abiding citizens in Ondo State of adequate security throughout the election.

He enjoined them to cooperate with the Police personnel in the discharge of their duties, while security details were also warned to desist from escorting their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.

“Any deviant security detail will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly”, he stated.

IGP Urges Ondo Police To Be Alert During Election

ondo, IGP, electionThe Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appealed to police officers and men in Ondo State to conduct all their operations during the gubernatorial election with utmost seriousness and alertness.

The IGP made the appeal while addressing the officers at the state command headquarters in Akure, on his visit to see their preparations for the election.

He instructed that all the officers should stay where they are deployed to provide security‎, stressing that everyone should be united and do their best.

Mr Ibrahim informed that the security will be “concentrated on the INEC headquarters and the major collation centres in the local government areas.

“Everybody must operate within their area of designation. Stay where you are deployed to provide security. All of us are united in this job operation in a very serious and alert manner.

Furthermore, he expressed delight that they had started conducting the show of force, urging all the officers to move to town to create awareness among the residents of the State.

“I am very happy you said you will start conducting show of force, that’s what we did in Edo. All of you should move to town so that the people will know that we are united and we are serious about this issue.‎”

According to the IGP, all the citizens of Ondo state have been told not to allow their children be used to cause confusion in the state.

He stressed that no individual interest should be more than national interest, adding that there has been improvement in the performance of the police in providing security in recent elections.

He then urged the force not to relent in its efforts this time around.

“We told the citizens themselves that they should not allow others to use them to cause confusion in the state, and they should not allow others to mobilize their children to cause confusion in the State.

“No individual interest is more than national interest.

“For every election, we are improving – we should not allow ourselves to go backward, it is very important.

“So please, let’s try our best to make sure that we are going to have a peaceful and transparent election in this state come November 26,” Mr Idris urged.