The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has Wednesday, in Abuja, said that it has what it called “facts” on how the last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State was allegedly rigged in favour of the All Progressives Congress by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The party said members of its National Working Committee, NWC, met in Abuja on Tuesday, where they received and reviewed “all facts relating to the July 14, 2018 Ekiti state governorship election”.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary in a statement in Abuja, also accused the commission of pulling down the results of the election from its website.
His words, “After a thorough examination of all hard facts, the NWC reconfirms that the Independent National Electoral Commission doctored the result of the election to favour the APC.
“The NWC notes that apart from the huge discrepancies between the actual votes cast at the polling centres and the results released by INEC, there is evidence that INEC pulled down the original result from its database to accommodate the alterations.
“The NWC also has evidence indicating that the original result was in favour of the PDP candidate , Prof . Kolapo Olusola before the figures were altered.
“The NWC, after very exhaustive examination of all facts, confirms the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, clearly won the July 14 , 2018 governorship election”.
“The NWC, therefore, calls on the leadership of INEC to immediately correct their results, apologise to the people of Ekiti State and be ready to admit their falsifications before the tribunal so as to return our mandate which was stolen at ‘gunpoint’ on July 14, 2018.
It would be recalled that the Commission on Sunday morning, declared the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the election.
However, the candidate of the PDP, Kolapo Olusola, insisted that the votes were doctored in favour of Fayemi.
In a reaction, the Director, Publicity and Voter Education of INEC, Oluwole Osaze -Uzzi, however denied the allegations that his organisation had altered the result posted on its website.
He also said he could not react to PDP’s claim that it had evidence of rigging.
Osaze – Uzzi said, “We did not change results posted on our website. You can go and check for yourself”.