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APC rejects Ekiti Assembly poll, vows to challenge result at tribunal

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola / Correspondent,Ado-Ekiti 


The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has rejected weekend House of Assembly elections, saying the exercise fell short of free and fair elections. It vows to challenge the result at the tribunal. Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that there were cases of alleged intimidation by policemen and thugs deployed to polling units across the state by Governor Ayo Fayose.

He explained that intimidation of opponents began on Friday with many unpleasant reports of state-sponsored intimidation, which accounted for the low turn-out of voters across the state.
“To be specific, APC members were driven to the bush in many towns across the state. They included Efon Alaaye, where PDP thugs did not allow any APC member  to participate in accreditation while no party agent was allowed to stay in any of the polling units in the town.
“In Ilupeju-Ijan, APC members alleged that the traditional ruler of the settlement threatened to banish them because of their refusal to vote for the PDP as he decreed. The dwellers in their hundreds left their abodes and could not vote for the party of their choice,” he explained.

Also in Ijan-Ekiti, PDP agents forced members of the National Youths Service Corps, who worked as adhoc staff, to abandon card readers for manual accreditation in three units, namely Eyingbe, Ogbontitun and Imekun in the town to enable them stuff the ballot box in support of PDP candidate who is from the town.

Olatubosun said APC members in Ilejemeje Local Government were  driven into the bush while thugs and policemen from the Government House did most of the thumbprinting  of the ballot papers.