INEC plotting to rig Ondo state governorship election for APC- Mimiko cries out

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Ondo state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) of an orchestrated plot to ensure victory in Saturday governorship election for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Rotimi Akeredolu.

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Addressing a gathering of his party supporters in Akure, the Ondo state capital, governor Mimiko enunciated hurdles which he claimed were meant to arm-twist the PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

Restating his party’s demand for the shift of the poll, governor Mimiko submitted that PDP candidate whose ticket was restored on Wednesday by the judgment of the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court was being denied ample opportunity to seek for votes of Ondo electorate which he noted was a contravention of the electoral act.

He said: ‘’ For the avoidance of doubt, this ungodly process started when INEC, in a flagrant disregard of extant laws guiding elections, removed the name of Eyitayo Jegede on the basis of a Justice Abang order that has since been declared as a fraud by the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal. We wonder why INEC would remove the name of a man who emerged on a party primary that was conducted in a free, fair and open environment, and by legitimate organs of the party, INEC. It is elementary, in the electoral Act, primaries of governorship elections as prescribed, was supposed to have taken place in the capital city of Akure here. Eyitayo Jegede emerged in the process that took place in Akure here. Yet, another person who claimed to be a member of this party who had since been declared as an impostor , went to Ibadan, middle of the night, to hold what they tagged primary election and INEC, in their own wisdom quote and unquote, decided to remove the name of Jegede and substituted it with the name of Jimoh Ibrahim. ‘’INEC disregarded all legal advice, not to substitute Eyitayo Jegede by his own chosen committee of lawyers. INEC, has a consortium of Senior Advocates that advises it, that consortium, clearly advised in a written document, that INEC, should under no condition , not substitute the name of Jegede, because Eyitayo Jegede was the legal and proper candidate of PDP

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‘’Several other hurdles were place on the way of PDP candidate, to the extent that he did not become a candidate until about 48 hours before his own election.

‘’On October 27, Eyitayo Jegedes name was removed, judgment eventually came on the way of Jegede just last Wednesday, it wasn’t until Thursday that eventfully INEC brought out the name of Eyitayo Jegede, on the ballot papers, that is less than 48 hours to the election. INEC did not release the list of voters’ register to PDP until yesterday, a clear infraction of its own laws. In a free and fair contest, INEC is supposed to have released the electoral register so that the candidate can actually know and a party can be properly organized, under the electoral Act and clearly spelt out by INEC guidelines, a nominated candidate should have his name published at least 30 days before election. INEC denied Eyitayo Jegede the right to submit the list of his party agents, which according to section 45 of the electoral Act, he is supposed to submit his party agents list which according to section 37 of electoral Act, he supposed to submit the list of his party agents at least seven days before election. A day to election now, Eyitayo Jegede and PDP are not sure of who are parading themselves as party agents. ‘’In fact, we got information yesterday that some so called party agents of PDP held a meeting somewhere in Akoko and agreed to work with APC. Those are clearly not our agents. Those are agents of a candidate that has been described as an impostor in our party.

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6 thoughts on “INEC plotting to rig Ondo state governorship election for APC- Mimiko cries out

  1. Mimiko is just crying wolf where there's non, Mimiko & PDP certainly can not eat their cake and expect to still hv it. The world does not stay & wait for anybody. Mimiko & his PDP brought whatever problem they are facing unto themselves. If INEC had refused to obey court order, it's people like this same Mimiko & his loudmouth neighbour, Fayose that will cry blue murder. If PDP didn't go the courts to procure orders like groundnut by the wayside, questions abt obeying or not obeying orders wouldn't have arisen!

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  2. PDP is always crying over nothing
    The party is used to all sorts of rigging and racketeering within it's own rank and file, hence they find it too difficult to trust anyone
    The usual internal rangling within PDP due to their propensity for coruption and manipulations , as witnessed in days leading up to this Ondo state election, has now come back to haunt them big time
    They want the election to be postponed just because of one single party's inability to put it's house in order as usual
    Come to think of it, if their silly request was granted, who could have footed the extra bills the other parties could have incurred for the duration of the postponement
    Besides, Mimiko has to get desperate, since he knows he must definitely account for his stewardship as governor if PDP loses
    You cannot eat your cake and still have it

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