The Action Congress of Nigeria’s governorship candidate in Saturday’s election in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has said his team are currently studying the election result to collate materials for a decision he will reach in a few days.
Akeredolu, in a statement on Monday, insisted that the election, which returned the incumbent governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party, was fraught with irregularities.
He said, “I am conscious of the expectation of our supporters and the general public on our reaction to the outcome of the election.
“Let me state that our party is studying the results and will take a decision on reports of widespread irregularities from our agents and other witnesses. I have been inundated with tales of the brazen acts of violence perpetrated by thugs during the conduct of the election.
“I still find it difficult to believe that our security agents played the role of partisans of injustice in some areas of the state. There are, however, incontrovertible evidence of attempts at violence and actual perpetration of the same against voters before, during and after the election.”
But our correspondent had on Sunday contacted the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Ndabawa, who was seconded from the Rivers State Police Command, just before the election, on the allegations of police collusion.
Ndabawa had said he knew nothing of the issue and advised the ACN to take the Independent National Electoral Commission up on the issue in a court.
Akeredolu reiterated that he had evidence that the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Niran Sule, was arrested for being in possession of firearms and large sums of money on the morning of election.