Oyo PDP has cried out amidst fears that the election results in Oyo South senatorial district may be doctored in favour of the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the APC. The PDP expressed its concerns and warned INEC not to compromise or fall to the pressure of the APC camp to alter election results in favour of the APC candidate.
The PDP maintains a stand that their candidate, Dr Mohammed Kola Balogun, who was a former Commissioner of Commerce in the state is currently having the lead and will certainly win the polls if there are no manipulation whatsoever from INEC.
The PDP chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, made this known just as the final results are yet to be officially announced by INEC.
According to PDP “We are calling on INEC to be steadfast and not allow its men to be compromised by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the All Progressives Congress led federal government especially in Oyo South senatorial district.
“With the results at our disposal and verifiable by all INEC standards, our party is comfortably leading the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate in Oyo South. This is apart from the fact that we have recorded victories in four out of the five federal constituencies in Oyo South- Ibarapa East/Ido; Ibadan North East/ South East; Ibarapa Central/North and Ibadan North West federal constituencies. We are only waiting for the official declaration by INEC.
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“Since morning, we wouldn’t know why the results declarations have been delayed when they are ready. We have it on good authority that Governor Abiola Ajimobi is mounting pressure on some Abuja forces to save him from defeat. But any attempt to subvert the wish of the majority of the people of Oyo South will be anti-democratic. We will like to, at this juncture, encourage the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr Mutiu Agboke, not to be intimidated by the pressure. He should call his men, especially the Returning Officers to declare the original results from each of the local government.
“As we write, security agents have sent away supporters of our party from the collation centre while known members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are allowed access within the premises. This is after declaration of results from each of the remaining 7 local government areas have been stopped, without any tangible reasons.
“While we are confident of victory, we wish to appeal to our teeming members and thousands of people who defied all odds, and rejected the APC’s vote-buying techniques to be calm. We believe that our candidate has won and nothing can change it. It is not about the amount of government money that you own, but what you’re able to do for the common man that matters”.
However, in a swift reaction, the APC Publicity Secretary Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde debunked the claims of PDP and described them as false and a cheer expression of fear.
According to APC “He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. Why will they be afraid? How do they know that someone want to rig if they had not commit any crime? They should not be afraid. It is only those who commit an offence that is afraid. They should not be afraid”