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The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of working with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.
Fayose made the remark against the back drop of INEC’s decision to replace Eyitayo Jegede with businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate of Ondo State.
In a statement on Friday, the Ekiti State Governor maintained that INEC’s decision was a clear evidence that the commission had double standards and was aiding the APC.
According to the governor, Ibrahim did not emerge through any known electoral process as the candidate of the PDP, adding that his acceptance was another plot by the APC to take over the state.
He said, “With the development in Ondo Guber election and the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is clear that INEC is a department in APC led federal government.
“The APC has decided to rig the Ondo State election even before it is conducted and this is sad commentary for our democratic process that was near perfection before the advent of this APC government.
“The question to ask INEC is having accepted the candidate presented by the Malkarfi-led PDP National Caretaker Committee for the Edo State election, relying on the judgment of the Federal High Court, Port-Harcourt, despite the Abuja Federal High Court order at that time, what has changed? Obviously, it is either INEC is playing double-standard or has descended into the arena.”