By Bukola Olamona
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has described the just concluded state House of Assembly at Akoko Northwest constituency II as nothing but complete failure that underscores the country’s democratic norms, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the election.
The party in a statement signed by its State Director, Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said It was an unfair election and it should be canceled.
According to the statement, the nature, extent, and magnitude of rigging associated with the election at the constituency posed a serious threat to the state’s quest for stable socio-economic development and democratic practices as well as the attainment of the long-term goal of a consolidated democracy.
“It is common knowledge that APC enjoys a lot of goodwill in the Northern Senatorial District of the state with the humongous votes given to our candidate and president-elect in the last presidential poll.
“This perhaps was what they envisaged that it will be the same rollercoaster effect for APC coasting home to victory that an arch plan was perfected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig us out of that election,”
It further said that Saturday’s election was voters suppression and a high degree of electoral fraud that those responsible should not also go unpunished.
The statement added that thugs were deployed across the four wards in the constituency, Afin, Ogbagi, Irun, and Ifin, chasing away APC agents from the polling booths using machetes and other dangerous weapons to deny the people of Akoko North West their right to vote on the day of the election.
It read “The election observers also confirmed there were reports of election manipulations prompted by thuggery in some areas and ballot-snatching and harassment of INEC officials to comply with their dictates in other areas.
“Let us also reiterate that the on-the-ground observations of the election by INEC officials, all the security apparatus, and team of observers are reliable enough to correlate this report that the purported election that took place at Akoko North/West, Ondo State was a fiasco and a mockery of our democracy,”
The, party, therefore, urge all its members and electorate in Akoko North West to be patient as the electoral process is not yet over.