Ekiti PDP vow to challenge elections results
…as APC boasts to defeat them in court
Victor Akinkuolie ,Ado-Ekiti
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti State chapter has vowed to challenge the outcome of the just concluded general elections held in the state in court.
The party claimed that the elections conducted in the state was a charade which defied all decent, uncivilised and pragmatic approach to defame the country’s nascent democracy.
The Ekiti PDP spoke in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend through its State Chairman, Chief Gboyega Oguntuwase, said the Presidential, National Assembly and House of Assembly elections in the state were characterized with violence, ballot-snatching, ballot stuffing, vote-buying allegedly perpetrated by All Progressives Congress (APC) members “to win all available legislative seats in the state”.
Oguntuwase, reviewing the elections, claimed that the party has “resolved not to allow the rape of democracy go unchallenged, hence our resolve to approach the Judiciary as the only democratic process available”.
He said: “We have given all our candidates in the National Assembly elections the go-ahead to pursue the cases against the elections at the tribunal, because if the broad daylight robbery against democratic attitudes go unchallenged, it is going to consume the nation and our democratic norms and process.
“The general elections in Ekiti State were bedeviled by violence, ballot snatching, threat to lives, threat to properties and the entire state was riddled with uncivilised attitude to politics” he said.
The Ekiti PDP helmsman, who hinged the resolve of the party to challenge the National Assembly elections on the party’s “commitment to purifying the system,” however failed to disclose the team of lawyers being lined up by the party for the legal battle for reasons which he claimed to be “tactical reasons”.
Although Oguntuwase accused the APC of “all known electoral offences in the House of Assembly election”, he said: “We might not have the capacity for litigation here, but we are not foreclosing the possibility. But I can tell you categorically that our national Assembly candidates will challenge the uncivilised approach of APC to democracy.
“During the National Assembly elections, the house of one of our candidates was riddled with bullets, ballot papers were torn, votes were bought freely with the use of tags for N5,000. Our members were harassed and arrested. We raised the alarm before and during the elections, but nothing was done. All these which were unchecked during the first election showed themselves clearly again during the second election.
“The nation is under the siege of self-deceit. We are appealing to APC not to destroy this nation, not to destroy the democratic process. APC should learn from former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, who voluntarily, even before conclusion of elections, conceded victory to APC because he did not want violence,” he said.
The APC in its reaction, the State Publicity Secretary, Hon Ade Ajayi, dismissed the allegations, saying: “It is an afterthought. All Nigerians knows clearly that the elections in Ekiti were held under peaceful atmosphere. Ekiti people went to the polls without rancor or violence, the people of Ekiti State overwhelmly voted for APC candidates.
Ajayi, explained that the PDP resort to the tribunal was commendable as the opposition party did not toe the line of violence, said: “We will meet them there. They are free to go to court. They have the constitutional backing. I commend them for not resorting to violence. When we get to the courts, we will defeat them again because the truth will always prevail.
“INEC was proactive enough to release the results as early as possible. Ekiti people realized that PDP deceived them for four years and they in turn jettisoned PDP at the elections. That was what the general elections in the state reflected,” the APC spokesperson said.