by KEMI OLAITAN
Few days to the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party in Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja, yesterday in Ibadan, the state capital, raised the alarm of plan by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, and the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the elections.
Ladoja, who spoke through Director General of his campaign organisation, Adeolu Adeleke, during a press conference, said the REC and APC have already devised ways and plans to manipulate the election in favour of APC as done during the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.
He alleged that Akeju after the last elections had a secret meeting with Governor Abiola Ajimobi to perfect the plans, stating that Accord Party will put all efforts in place to resist the plans and ensure the will of the people of the state to send the APC-led government packing prevails.
According to him, during the March 28 elections, the agents of political parties except that of the APC were sent away from the polling booths, thereby giving free access to supporters of APC to use what he described as clone PVCs given to them by Akeju to vote for the party.
Adeleke alleged further that while many supporters of Accord Party were disenfranchised through non-issuance of PVC such as in Ilora, Afijio Local Government Area, there were no result sheets provided in all the polling booths and voting continued in many areas like Egbeda Local Government till 11pm during the last election.
He then called on both local and international observers to come to the state and do proper monitoring of Saturday elections with an appeal to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to as a matter of urgency transfer the state REC in order to avert looming crisis.
Adeleke, who said he was speaking the minds of other political parties in the state apart from the APC, disclosed that the party has given a stern instruction to its agents during Saturday’s election not to yield to any form of intimidation and harassment and closely monitor activities of INEC officials in all the polling booths.
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