The Social Democratic Party SDP state collation agent and former state attorney general, Owoseni Ajayi has said that the results as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC did not reflect the true decision of the people and vowed to resort to the election petition tribunal.
Mr. Ajayi asserted that the process was marred by financial inducement and other electoral malpractices, hence the need for legal redress.
Ajayi spoke in the early hours of Sunday after the collation of election results from the 16 council areas and the return of Oyebanji of APC as winner and governor-elect.
He said, “We reject the result of that election because it was fraught with violence, election malpractices, intimidation of voters, purchase of votes and others. The only way we can challenge that is to file our petition at the election petitions tribunal we shall do.
“This will enable generations coming to know that when conducting elections, you must follow the rules and procedures,” the former AG said.
However, the Media Director, Segun Oni Campaign Organisation, Jackson Adebayo, said that the party leadership would meet on the outcome of the election on Monday.
Adebayo said, “The leadership of the party has not taken a decision yet on the election. They will meet tomorrow (Monday), it is then that they will discuss and take a position, which will be made known to the public. Leaders have not met as I speak with you”.
But the PDP standard-bearer, Kolawole, said, “I believe that power belongs to God and He bestows upon whomever he chooses. I also believe in popular choice i.e the unfettered expression of the peoples’ mandate as one of the crucial hallmarks of democratic principle and practice.”
The PDP chieftain spoke in two separate letters – one addressed to the governor-elect titled “Congratulation on your victory” and another one to the people of Ekiti State, titled, “Thank you all, Ekiti”.
Kolawole advised Oyebanji, “Please take urgent actions aimed at redressing the plights of our people when you fully assume the mantle shortly. I wish you the guidance of the Almighty God in the onerous task ahead.”