Mimiko makes DAMNING allegations against INEC

Mimiko makes DAMNING allegations against INEC

- Tension is building up ahead of the Ondo state governorship elections tomorrow, November 26

- Ondo state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has made very damning allegations against the electoral umpire

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are under scrutiny

The governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has raised an alarm over the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the governorship elections in the state tomorrow, November 26.

Mimiko makes DAMNING allegations against INEC

[caption id="attachment_1062701" align="alignnone" width="800"] Governor Mimiko flanked by other senior Ondo government offiials at the briefing[/caption]

In a press briefing by the governor earlier today, November 25 in Akure, Mimiko made very damning allegations against the electoral body.

The governor said plans have been perfected by INEC and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the will of the Ondo people.

READ ALSO: PDP dealt big blow, as party’s last Senator in Ondo decamps to APC

His words: “We have just been told that the same team of election ad hoc staff, which masterminded the largely controversial Edo election have been sent to our state to deliver a preconceived result for Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC candidate.

“I have to state this here and now, that our people will not accept the method, men and process unleashed on Edo. We reject unequivocally the mission of this team in our state.” 

The governor claimed that the INEC Edo team called off collation by 9pm on election day and ordered party agents, monitors & journalists out of the collation centre.

“We shall not allow such an ungodly process to be repeated in our dear state,” Mimiko thundered.

He continued: “Efforts have been concerted by INEC and forces within the APC to prevent the emergence of a credible and electable candidate for the PDP.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this ungodly process started when INEC in flagrant disregard of extant laws governing elections removed the name of Eyitayo Jegede on the basis of a Justice Okon Abang order that has since been declared as a fraud by the Supreme Court. 

“We wondered why INEC removed the name of a man who emerged from a party primary that was conducted in a free, fair and open environment where INEC itself was represented, with another from a process that is illegal, and by people not known to law and logic.”

The governor declared that INEC did not release the list of voters register to the PDP until yesterday. He also noted that INEC refused to publish Eyitayo Jegede's name for 30 days as stipulated in Section 34 of the Electoral Act 2010.

READ ALSO: PDP dealt big blow, as party’s last Senator in Ondo decamps to APC

He also alleged that tags for ward collation officers were not available for PDP ward agents to use during the election.

“In this instance, injustice stares us in the face and we are about being treated like slaves and a conquered people in our own country.

“Every resident of Ondo state knows we are free & fair people who however abhor impunity and open rape of justice. We shall not take this!

“I am by this asking you the good people of Ondo state to be vigilant and insist on the sanctity of the ballot. We must not allow any alteration of result either at the ward collation centre or anywhere along the line.

“We are a proud people, we can make our choices for the good of our state. We need no manipulation of any kind to exercise our inalienable right to choose our leaders.

“We also do not want anything to remind us of the inglorious past of violence and bloodshed precipitated by injustice and impunity.” Mimiko added.

Mimiko's government had declared today, November 25, public holiday to enable state government workers prepare for tomorrow’s election. 

The governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has raised an alarm over the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the governorship elections in the state tomorrow, November 26.

Source: Naij.com

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