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Few hours after the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission declared the All Progressives Congress Chairmanship candidates winners of all the Chairmanship seats during the Saturday election, opposition parties have kicked against the OGSIEC pronouncement .
Both the Action Alliance and New Nigeria People’s Party threaten to head to court seeking nulification of the just-concluded local government elections in the state ..
The OGSIEC had declared APC candidates winners of all the elective positions on Sunday, hours after the council elections .
Reacting to the declaration by OGSIEC , both the AA and NNPC in the state described the declaration by OGSIEC as fraudulent.
The State Leader and Chairman, Think Tank Committee of the Action Alliance Hon. Dapo Adeyemi blasted the Chairman of OGSIEC, Babatunde Osibodu for declaring APC candidates as winners .
Adeyemi in a statement he personally signed and made available to PLATFORM TIMES on Sunday faulted the electoral committee of using old electoral result sheets for the just concluded election .
He accused the OGSIEC of expunging his party from the election results in Ifo local government election .
Adeyemi in a letter addressed to the Chairman of OGSIEC , Babatunde Osibodu said ” I am sending the above to you to request for explanation on how the Chairmanship Candidate of my Party in Ifo Local Government was scored NIL in the just concluded sham of an election which your Commission conducted.
“While I may not want to comment on the fraudulent figure awarded the APC which appointed you, is it not criminal for your Returning Officer at Ifo to discountenance the votes casted for the Candidate?
“Are we sure that the Returning Officer is of sane mind? Or, do I assume that you intentionally directed that the result sheets used for previous elections where AA did not contest should be brought to Ifo Local Government.
“Worst still, the result sheets comprised 19 Parties, 12 of which had been deregistered while you distributed result sheets for the 2021 elections to other LG’s and AA was included.
“Mr. Chairman, as a Lawyer, what do you say to this? Do you think you are fair to the Candidate and the Party? Would this not hunt you to your grave? In any case, we shall seek legal advice on this infraction and get back to you.”
In his reaction , NNPC state Chairman ,Olaposi Oginni urged members of the party to remain calm In the face of brazen provocation:
Rising from an emergency meeting at its Lagos annex office on Sunday morning, the party spoke through its Deputy Publicity Secretary Rev. Emmanuel Olorunmagba.
He urged candidates and members to remain calm and allow the courts do their job.
The statement read “the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) appealed to its candidates and members to remain calm and exercise caution in the face of the daring provocation resulting from the manipulation of the Saturday 24th July 2021 local council election in Ogun state.”
Lamenting that the State Electoral Commission has done unquantifiable damage to our democracy at the local level, Rev Emmanuel insisted that NNPP won several seats and that explains why the Presiding officers in several units were afraid to declare election results at the spot.
He added “Our analysis of the results from almost all the polling units saw our great party coming second behind APC and ahead of PDP indicating that if the APC had allowed a free contest they would have been roundly defeated.
“We saw this fraud coming due to excessive control of State Electoral Commissions (due to its enabling laws) by state government and proactively initiated a pre-election matter challenging the validity of the emergence of the APC candidates through the back door after the window for nomination had closed, while the courts are still looking at that, they decided to commit this brazen daylight rape of the very sophisticated people of Ogun state..
The party advised its members to remain calm and focused on the finishing line which is 2023 as their strength can’t be measured by an election conducted by the fraudulent SIEC any where in Nigeria. “We call on you to be united, put this fraud behind you and wait for the courts to do their job.
” We would also in addition to the pre-election matter in court proceed to the tribunal not only to challenge the Ward 11, Abeokuta North LG result which returned the NNPP candidate as Councillor-elect but the general conduct of the election and refusal of Presiding Officers to count votes and declare results publically”.
“The Ogun people spoke loudly and no doubt have exposed the unacceptability of the APC government as we head to 2023, what NNPP needed now is to consolidate on the gains of this outing which has showed us the love Ogun people have for us.
“We urge all to rally round the party leaders across all levels and re-strategise for the future while we continue with the struggle to expunge all sections of the 1999 Constitution that puts the conduct of local elections in the hands of these governors in order to make our democracy blossom.”