The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State has rejected the results of the by-election conducted in Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency where the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Raheem Tunji Olawuyi, was declared the winner.
At a press conference in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday, the state PDP chairman, Engr. Kola Shittu, described the election as a charade and a direct assault on the country’s democracy.
He said that the outcome of the election was a daylight robbery and did not reflect the will of the people as its members were harassed and intimidated during the poll.
Shittu, who was flanked by the state PDP publicity secretary, noted that some of the concerns raised by the party prior to the election, which included the importation of thugs and heavy deployment of security personnel, later manifested during the poll.
He alleged that the poll was characterised with ballot box snatching, widespread irregularities and illegal arrest of PDP members before and during the election.
Shittu, therefore, called for the cancellation of the election because it fell short of the expectations of the people of the constituency, adding that the brazen subversion of the people’s will, which the outcome of the election represented was an indication that the AP-led federal government was not ready to conduct free and fair elections in 2019.
He said: “The PDP condemns in strong terms the conduct of the bye-election and also rejects its outcome, as it does not reflect the will of the people of Ekiti, Oke-Ero, Isin and Irepodun local government areas.
“The announcement of the candidate of the APC, Raheem Olawuyi Olawuyi as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INE) is a daylight robbery, subversion of the will of the people and a direct assault on the nation’s democracy.
“Indeed, the election was a contest between the PDP and the security agents, as they both collaborated with the enemies of democracy, the APC, to manipulate the electoral process and stole the mandate of the people,” Shittu said.
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