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PDP candidate vows to challenge Mimiko's victory

06 November 2012, 07:19

Akure, Nov. 5, 2012 (NAN) The governorship candidate of the PDP in the Oct. 20th governorship elections in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has vowed to challenge the result of the election in court before Friday.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Kunle Adebayo in Akure on Monday, Oke said "not doing this, would amount to supporting injustice and perfidy which is the greatest disservice to democracy".

According to him, INEC, Police, SSS, Army and other security forces are the biggest suspects in what he described as the
"dastardly coup against the people of the state".

He called for a probe of the role of INEC in the election saying "officials of the commission and those of the security services
who operated in the state showed bad examples and would be threats to subsequent election in the country if not exposed".

"It is sad that Nigeria's rising profile in free and fair electoral process may be stained by the dirty facts behind this election.

"All our investigations, collated reports as well as reports by election observers and monitors have shown massive evidence of monumental corruption and manipulation of INEC's documents and the entire electoral process".

"Quite regrettably and shamefully, INEC allowed its voters register to be overloaded with as much as over 150,000 strange names.

"This is against the background that no new voters registration took place in the state after the 2011 elections," the statement reads.

In his reaction, the Director of Publicity and Research of the LP, Prince Koye Odogiyan, said that he did not see Oke as any serious person

Odogiyan said that oke was only trying to use the court process to remain relevant in the mind of his few supporters till the next election in the state.

"Olusola Oke Won in Okitipupa and Ilaje Local Government areas of the state while Rotimi Akeredolu won in Owo, Akoko South-West and Odigbo Local Government areas as well.

"Does that mean that the two of them also connived with INEC to rig the election in those areas?

"The ballot papers were counted in the presence of everybody and the whole election has been adjudge free, fair and credible by both local and international observers, so let Oke go to any court, he will meet us there," Odogiyan said.

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