The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18 governorship election in Ogun State, Hon Ladi Adebutu, has rained curses on those who he accused of manipulating the results of the election.
While Addressing members of the party during a meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Friday, Adebutu also vowed to use all the legal means to reclaim his “stolen mandate.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Governor Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election, having polled a total of 276,298 votes. Adebutu scored 262,383 votes to place second while the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye, came third with 94,754 votes.
But Adebutu rejected the result and vowed to explore all legal means available to challenge Abiodun’s victory.
The PDP candidate, in a veiled reference, accused the Returning Officer for the state, Prof Kayode Adebowale, of subverting the will of the people by declaring Abiodun as the winner of the election.
Adebutu said the governorship election was the worst in the history of the country’s democracy.
He, however, absolved INEC of any wrongdoing, saying the commission remains an institution that must be protected by Nigerians.
Instead, the former House of Representatives member rained curses on those he labelled bad eggs, saying God will punish them appropriately.
“We are not blaming INEC. INEC is our institution and we must protect it, but for those bad eggs, God will punish them appropriately.
“What I saw in the election is politics of intimidation, politics of harassment, politics of subversion. This was the first time in the history of our democracy where people were harrased, intimidated and threatened not to come out to vote.
“A lot of injustice have been done, I feel very aggrieved because we see a lot of inconsistencies. We are law abiding; before they (INEC) made that declaration, we informed them, we petitioned them to show that that declaration was willful.
“We recognised that everything that happened in this election, we must contest it, because it was subversion of our democracy. If we fail to contest the outcome of the election, we are killing this nation.
“Subversion of our democracy, 42,000 people have been disenfranchised. And when they disenfranchised 42,000, they now said they are leading by 13,000 votes, so those 42,000 don’t need to vote.
“Whereas the same thing happened in Kebbi and Adamawa. But it’s okay, that rule only applies in Kebbi and Adamawa, it does not apply to Ogun State because a declaration already exist. Don’t blame INEC, it is not INEC’s fault, it is the declaration the man from Ibadan has done, but I believe at the tribunal it will be corrected,” he said.
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