Coalition of Observer Groups and Civil Society Organisations, that monitored the Ekiti State Governorship election, on Saturday, have rejected the emergence of the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the poll.
Recall, that Fayemi was announced winner of the poll, after securing 197,459 votes, to defeat his closest opponent, Professor Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who got 178,121 votes.
In a press statement signed by Comrade Haruna Farouk and Nze Adachi Okoro, the group stated that the election results did not reflect what they saw on ground.
The coalition also promised to release its findings on Wednesday, July 18, which will include details of the malpractices that marred the election.
“We have evidences of election malpractices, where a particular party in connivance with Security Personnel, went about inducing electorates with cash, and coercing them to snap the ballot papers, in order to receive cash gifts from the agents of the party in question.
“The level of intimidation that occurred during the elections on Saturday was disheartening, and should not be allowed to stand in modern day Nigeria. We witnessed a situation where loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its agents, were harassed and intimidated, so as to make it difficult for them to participate in the election.
“Other incidents that we recorded will be made open in our findings, which will definitely shock Nigerians and expose the conspiracy of INEC, Security Agents, and the APC, to deprive the people of Ekiti from expressing their constitutional rights.”