Voters in Ondo state gubernatorial election have been told to be vigilant in order to protect their votes.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko gave this caution on Friday at an interactive session with members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akure, the state capital.
“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.
As we make the sacred choice of electing a worthy person into the seat of Governor in our State, we must exercise the greatest level of diligence and vigilance. I urge you all to vote and defend your votes. Your vote is your power, use it wisely and protect it jealously.”
The Governor who blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for his party’s predicament wondered why the agency could have obeyed a court order to substitute the name of Eyitayo Jegede.
He claimed that a hurdle was placed ahead of the PDP, by INEC’s insistence on November 26th as the election date, saying it was being unfair to the party.
“INEC denied Eyitayo Jegede the right to submit his Party agents’ list at least 7 days before the election as stipulated in Section 45 of the Electoral Act 2010 among many others.
As we speak, collation tags for Ward Collation officers are not available for PDP Ward agents,” he said.
On the other hand, the Ondo State Publicity Secretary of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya has denied the allegation, describing it as frivolous.
“It is not true, we do not have any plan to rig the election, our target is the electorate. The PDP has lost this election already because of their unresolved internal crisis, they are only looking for where to attach their failure.
We have prepared for the election and have traversed the length and breadth of the state. Since they have canvassed for postponement and failed, that is why they are raising the allegation that APC wants to rig the election.
We are not in anyway preparing to rig the election; we are only preparing to win the election and we are going to have a landslide victory,” Adesanya said.