The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said only 11 card readers malfunctioned during the Ondo governorship election held on Saturday November 26.
INEC made this disclosure just as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Olusegun Mimiko raised the alarm over faulty card readers saying it marred the election.
[caption id="attachment_1063699" align="alignnone" width="800"] Results of the Ondo governorship election being released by INEC officials[/caption]
This is just as Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister and spokesperson of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation in 2015, called Jimoh Ibrahim Judas.
Ibrahim was factional candidate of the PDP during the election and was removed by The Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court just days to the election.
Since his removal, Ibrahim had engaged Fani-Kayode in an internet war.
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was on Sunday, November 27 declared winner while the PDP's Eyitayo Jegede lost.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC deputy director of voter education and publicity, Mr Nick Dazang, said: “The election is generally peaceful. We were able to open at all the polling units, even in places that have challenges of terrain including Ilaje.
“The election was peaceful, courtesy of the security agencies; even though we had some smart card reader’s failure, they were only 11, not up to one per cent of the total number deployed.
“The percentage is infinitesimal.”
Dazang also said the commission acted immediately to resolve the problem where it was reported. He further noted that the card reader at the polling unit where Jegede voted failed and it was replaced immediately.
He also denied that the election result was manipulated to favour the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: “The results collation right from the ward level to the local government and state level are being monitored by stakeholders, including journalists, observers and political party agents among others.
“It is not possible for anybody to manipulate election results with the way we have articulated the process.
“People and stakeholders who are there were also given the copies of the results as they are collated; they can use that against what is finally declared.
“The times when election results are being manipulated are over. It is not possible again because you can now trail the process.”
Meanwhile, Jimoh Ibrahim mocked Fani-Kayode just as results of the election favoured Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC.
He said he knew Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP would lose since he was supported by Fani-Kayode.
In his reply however, Fani-Kayode said like the biblical Judas, Ibrahim sold out his party during the election.