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Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday, as scores of members of the People’s Democratic Party led by the Ogun State governorship candidate of the party in the just concluded governorship and State House of Assembly election, Oladipupo Adebutu stormed the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abeokuta.
A brief violence erupted when security operatives engaged members of the PDP leading to sporadic gun shots .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps fired a gunshot into the air to scare the protesters which provoked the protesters .
The angry protesters pursued and pelted him with stones as he ran away when they angrily advanced towards him with his gun .
Some security personnel including operatives of the Department of State Service were injured during the violence.
Leading the protesters to the INEC office in the state to submit a petition,Adebutu demanded re-run elections at polling units where elections were cancelled on Saturday.
The protesters who were chanting anti INEC songs were armed with placards with inscriptions such as: “INEC should save our democracy”, “INEC betrayed the people of Ogun”, “Electoral fraud will not stand”, INEC should respect people’s wish”, “INEC should stop being biased” and “Ogun election was inconclusive, INEC correct yourself”, among others.
The security operatives, comprising military personnel, policemen and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps shot sporadically into the air to disperse the protesters.
Adebutu while addressing journalists said he was at the INEC to submit a petition, insisting that, they would not leave until officials of the electoral commission attend to them.
Adebutu said, the party had submitted several protest letters to the commission demanding the review of the results of the Saturday’s election and re-run where elections were either cancelled or disrupted.
He said, it was regrettable that, security agencies were being used against the wish of the people, warning that the development could degenerate into another #Endsars protest.
Adebutu said, “We are here to protest, but unfortunately we have been confronted by the Nigerian Army, shooting sporadically to the air, in the hope that they will disperse us, but we are resolute, we are going to stay here until we are addressed by officials of INEC.
“Our contention is that the measures by which other states have been treated and they are allowed to have venoms, Ogun State should be measured in the same vein.
“Adamawa has runup, similarly, Kebbi has runup, why is Ogun State being denied runup? We are not particular about whatever interest is guiding this, we are only asking for our rights.
“We have submitted several letters protesting this decision and we are asking that these gentlemen allow us access to INEC to submit an additional letter, but unfortunately we don’t understand what is happening, rather than allow us access, they are shooting sporadically in the air in the hope of scaring us away and we are not going to be scared Bea sue this is our fundamental human right …a democratic process, pease beg them we don’t want another #Endsars, we don’t want another bloodshed in Ogun State, please beg them for us. It is our right that we should protest and exercise our right.
“We are entitled to runups by all the rules that govern this election, we must exercise and protest to INEC that Ogun State deserves runups, allow us admittance to see the authorities concern.”
Adebutu later held a meeting with some officials of the INEC in a closed door with a few party officials while other members were locked out of the premises .
Emerging from the meeting, Adebutu calmed his followers, urging them to remain law abiding .
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