AGAGU: ONDO PDP GOES TO COURT
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Ondo State were shocked over the poor showing of the party in last Saturday's parliamentary polls. The party had three senators and eight Representatives members in the current National Assembly.
Last Saturday's election result as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that the ruling Labour Party in the state swept the polls.
The party won all the three senatorial seats and eight House of Representatives slots.
One of the astonishing results was the defeat of the former governor of the State, Dr. Olusegun Agagu by Boluwaji Kunlere of the Labour Party. Kunlere narrowly defeated Agagu with over 8,000 votes. With the support of billionaire cum politician, Ibrahim Jimoh and the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, Kunlere shocked the entire PDP members in the Southern Senatorial District.
The PDP in the state has rejected the outcome of the election that saw the emergence of Kunlere as the Senator Representing the Southern Senatorial district. The party described the election as unfair. The party has thus resolved to challenge the result at the lower court. Though the party accepted defeat in two of the three senatorial districts and 14 out of the 18 local governments' area of the state, it said the election was manipulated in favour of LP candidate in the Southern Senatorial district.
At a news conference addressed by the State Chairman of the Party, Dr Tayo Dairo, the PDP said it would challenge results from Ile-Oluji, Irele, Ilaje and Ese-Odo.
The contention of the PDP, according to Dairo was that the INEC officials connived with security agencies to manipulate the result in favour of the ruling Labour Party (LP) in the state.
Also, the party called on the Chief of Defense Staff to investigate the activities of the Naval Officers and soldiers deployed to maintain law and order during the National Assembly election.
His words 'For the LP to get this questionable victory, they connived with Electoral Officers and security agents to commit series of electoral malpractices across the southern senatorial district.'
Dairo said the INEC returning officers cancelled the elections where the PDP was leading and upheld the areas where the opposition LP won even when it was obvious there was evidence of electoral violence.
His words;' Above all, INEC now moved the collation out of the Senatorial district to Akure to allow it have enough latitude to take the curious result that were generated by the LP as authentic result.
'In spite of these, our belief in a democratic Nigeria remains sacrosanct. We shall live no stone unturned to achieve this and we will contest the INEC declared result at the Tribunal'
But, the ruling Labour Party called on the PDP to learn how to accept defeat. Specifically, the party advised former Governor Agagu to accept defeat in good faith like his colleagues in other states.
The State chairman of LP, Dr Olaiya Oni said that the former governor of the State, Dr Olusegun Agagu should congratulate the winner of the election for Ondo South senatorial district, Mr. Boluwaji Kunlere.
Oni said the people, through their votes has demonstrated that they are at one with the LP government of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and would want him to continue unhindered with his life-changing programmes and projects.
He said the victory of the party in all the senatorial zones and all but one of the House of Representatives shows the extent to which a people determined, focused and desirous of progress can go. He asked the people not to relent in any way as the State prepares for elections into the State House of Assembly on the 23rd of April.
Commenting on the PDP in the State and what he called their cries over spilt milk, Oni said: 'We cannot help pity the PDP in Ondo State on account of words emanating from them; words which confirm that the PDP in Ondo is an assembly of sore losers and undemocratic elements.
'While former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola has congratulated those who defeated him in Osun, while Dimeji Bankole has sent congratulatory message to the ACN candidate who worsted him in last Saturday's election, former governor Agagu and his band of sore losers in the Ondo State PDP have only been bragging and fuming about their intention to have the massive electoral victory in Ondo State upturned through the courts and other frivolous petitions as characteristic of them.
'Our word to them is that they should borrow a leaf from more politically mature minds, who are wise enough to know what a defeat is and the difference between a resounding thrashing and ill-gotten mandates.'.