Ekiti: SDP rejects guber election outcome, heads to court
The Social Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the outcome of the Ekiti governorship election.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress emerged victorious, defeating the Social Democratic Party’s Segun Oni.
The exercise was adjudged to have been blighted by multiple cases of vote-buying, a development that the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union among other international observers condemned.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the National Chairman of the SDP, Shehu Musa Gabam lamented that the country’s democracy is under threat as politicians have reduced citizens to commodities that could be bought.
” We reject the result of the Ekiti governorship election based on facts available. This is part of what took People’s Democratic Party(PDP) out of power today, reducing citizens into commodities that could be bought.
” Nigerian democracy is under threat and I don’t know who will salvage it. It is only God that can save this country. If this is the type of leaders that would continue, then our future is in trouble. We are demanding a system that will create jobs.
” The Ekiti governorship election was compromised, Nobody owns this country. We all own it. You are just privileged to be elected. If they believe they can loot the resources of the country, they can’t carry it away” he lamented.
Oni agreed with the party chairman that the conscience of the electorates have been bought over by desperate politicians.
” This country belongs to all of us and we will do everything to rescue the nation from desperate politicians”.
Meanwhile, Oyebanji and his Deputy, Monisade Afuye, have been presented with certificates of return by the electoral umpire.