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Ekiti Election: SDP candidate Oni rejects result, accused INEC of colluding with APC

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The runner-up for the Ekiti governorship election and candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Governorship Candidate, Segun Oni has rejected the outcome of the Ekiti State governorship election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abiodun Oyebanji.

Spokesman of the Segun Oni Campaign Organization, Moses Jolayemi accused the APC of engaging in vote-buying and security agencies of compromise during the election, adding the SDP candidate will not concede defeat, and that the party will meet to take necessary steps.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oyebanji, the winner of the poll, after polling 187,057 votes to defeat the candidates of the SDP, Segun Oni (82,211 votes) and the PDP, Bisi Kolawole, who scored 67,457 votes.

But Oni’s spokesman said; “The outcome is unacceptable to us as a party because it is a travesty of democracy; it is a rape on democracy and clear daylight robbery. The APC has taken advantage of the people’s pathetic state of poverty, and that is why the APC refused to campaign.

“They were not going round doing rallies; we were the ones campaigning because they knew what they wanted to do.

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“Their strategy was simple: buy these peoples’ votes and that is why they kept the people in perpetual poverty so that they can be of use every four years.

“They know that it is difficult for someone who is very hungry to resist cash. Some of them have children that are of voting age; some have four children plus their wife and themselves. “If you multiply N5000 by six, it gives you N30,000, which is a huge amount to these people.

“The security agencies compromised. The ‘see and buy thing’ was going on while the security agencies looked the other way”

“INEC is also culpable because the arrangement of the polling booth and the ballot boxes was awkward. You wonder why this should be so. The election may appear free but it was not fair.

“It was not free of violence anyway because the third thing they did was to make use of their thugs.

“We have videos of some of their thugs snatching ballot boxes. What did the security agents do, they looked the other way,” Jolayemi said.

Asked if the SDP will be approaching the tribunal to seek redress, he said: “The decision will be taken in the next few hours.

“We are going to meet but the central message here is that this election is rejected. Segun Oni is not accepting the results, he is not conceding and he is not congratulating anybody because this is not an election.”

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