INEC Declares Ondo Bye-election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday declared the Ilaje/ Ese Od Federal Constituency election inconclusive.
The election became necessary after the death of Honourable Nomiye, the member that represented the constituency late last year.
The election to pick the representative of the constituency made up of 395 polling units, 22 wards and 2 local government areas was held on Saturday.
It became obvious that things might not go well when during the distribution of materials, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Akin Orebiyi expressed fears that election might not hold in Arogbo Ward 2 in Ese Odo LLocal Government Area due to a protest embarked upon by militants in the area.
There were also alleged cases of ballot box snatching in Ago Doro, Ilaje Local Government Area.
In Arogbo, allegations were raised that fake voters cards were accredited in Ward 1. There were hitches to the election in some of the wards there. For instance, it was reported that there was no election at New Jerusalem, Unit 12 of Arogbo Ward 1.
Incidentally, Arogbo Ward 1 is the ward of Honourable Kingsley K. Kuku, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs.
As early as 8 am, residents and members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) as well as the National Association of Ilaje Students (NAIS) had stormed the results collation centre in Igbokoda to demand the immediate release of the result of the election. Efforts of the police to disperse them with tear gas proved futile as they remained adamant.
Things also turned awry inside the collation centre as the Resident Electoral Commissioner ordered Chief Olusola Oke, the PDP candidate in the last governorship election in the state out of the centre.
Both Kolade Akinjo of the Labour Party and Adewale Kukute of the PDP were optimistic of emerging victorious before the election was declared inconclusive. The APC fielded Chief Adewale Omojuwa for the election. All three contestants have at one time or the other held positions in the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC).
Many have chosen to see the election as a show of strength between the Labour Party which rules the state and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Author: NewsAdmin

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