Breaking: PDP Rejects Ondo Election, Sheriff-led Faction Advances Reasons for Loss

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Monday, said it won’t accept the outcome of the Ondo State governorship election last weekend that declared the All Progressives Congress’candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu winner.
The spokesman for the Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led faction, Dayo Adeyeye, said the results of election were not in conformity with the voting pattern, describing the exercise as a “charade and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State”.
This is as the Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction, Monday, advanced reasons for failure of the party in both Ondo and Edo governorship elections.
Adeyeye alleged on Monday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), helped the APC to rig the election.
He said INEC has now “graduated from inconclusive Elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous By-Elections in the country to ‘advanced election rigging’, as in the case of Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections”.
Adeyeye said “it is common knowledge that the APC Agents openly bought votes of the electorates in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the Electoral Law.
“It is not surprising that the electorates in Ondo state became so vulnerable to the corruptive influence of the APC because of the hash economic situation in the Country inflicted on Nigerians by the APC Administration which have indeed made all Nigerians virtually beggars in their own Country”.
“The actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC led Administration left us no time to campaign and sell our Candidate and Party Manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State.
“Our persistent call for the postponement of the Election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.
“It was a carefully planned and well-orchestrated strategy to rig the Election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the Election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging Election in Nigeria.
“In view of the fact that the Election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the APC, we vehemently reject the results of the November 26, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.
“We have instructed our candidate and the Ondo State Chapter of our Party to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the Outcome of the Election.
“We call on the Judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image on this matter as we request for the total Cancellation of the Election in Ondo State,” the party said.
Deputy National Chairman of the Sheriff-led faction, Cairo Ojougbo, said on Monday, in Abuja, however said the blame for the defeat in Ondo and Edo, was the fault of three governors elected under the platform of the party.
“in all these difficult times only three governors have been the architects of the destruction of the party”.
Ojougbo said only the governors of “Taraba, Gombe, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers and a few others have been very cooperative and are willing to let the party grow. They have shown maturity, understanding and sagacity in the affairs of the PDP”
The Sheriff faction recalled that the impact of impunity in the PDP manifested itself for the first time in the 2011 general elections when the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, defeated the PDP in Nasarawa State.
“We had a sitting governor then who could not deliver. This was the first warning against impunity. It was ignored.
“Then in 2015 we had governors in Benue, Kogi, Niger, Jigawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Bauchi and Adamawa. We lost in all these states for a common reason, the governors were not unpopular but they imposed their surrogates and the people voted them out. We paid for impunity,” Ojougbo said.
The faction argued that an analysis of the 2015 general election showed that all the ten states the party lost were in the northern part of the country, adding that even south-south states would not have survived if former President Goodluck Jonathan did not hail from the region. It said the figures that emanated from the south-east were also “abysmal”.
Ojougbo said the outcome of the 2015 election proved that although governors are very important in winning elections for a party, they do not necessarily determine the outcome.
“The running of the party should therefore not be left entirely to their whims and caprices. The party must have a say because party is supreme. In the case of Mimiko’s Ondo, the party was denied the valuable say,” he said.
The party leader also said that the faction had cried to all concerned ahead of the Edo election that the party hierarchy in the state was defective and that the Leadership needed to be changed “to allow the 60 stalwarts of the PDP who defected to APC return to the fold.
“Of course the governors refused. There was no surprise to the result.
“In Ondo State, the script was written in 2013 when Governor Mimiko returned to PDP. All members he met on the ground left the party for him and he took over the PDP. The structure was handed over to the Labour Party.
“If Oke had not gone to AD and Mimiko managed leadership sportsmanly, PDP would have won the election convincingly.
“In the election, APC scored 244,842 votes while PDP scored 150,380 and AD scored 126,889 votes. It is a fact that the AD votes belong to PDP and the simple arithmetic shows why PDP lost; our votes went to Oke and AD,” he said.
He also said that when Mr. Mimiko returned to the PDP, his fellow governors appealed to him to allow for harmonization but he refused.
He said all the PDP members led by Olusola Oke therefore left the party.
Ojougbo said in choosing a candidate to succeed him, Mr. Mimiko did not allow original members of the PDP to buy forms.
“He mainly anointed Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) who was returned unopposed.
“Party members cried to the high heavens that Jegede is from the central zone where Mimiko hails from. Their cries fell on deaf ears,” he said.
He also said the primary election organised by the Sheriff faction had six participants which returned Jimoh Ibrahim as the candidate.
dickson-jegede-and-mimiko-620×330“Jimoh hails from the South. He campaigned vigorously and convinced the people to vote for him. But alas Mimiko will not allow him carry the party flag.
“Mimiko used the instrumentality of state government to overwhelm Jimoh but could not overwhelm the masses and voters. Of course the result is out there for all to see,” he said.
Sheriff independent of Buhari, APC
Mr. Ojougbo also said the accusation that Mr. Sheriff was doing the bidding of Nigeria’s ruling APC is not tenable.
He said it was PDP governors who invited Mr. Sheriff to be the chairman of the party. He also said when he (Sheriff) assumed office, he put in place a committee to conduct a National Convention to “elect people of good character to run the affairs of the party”.
He added that Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was appointed the chairman of the zoning committee.
“The Governors met and decided that Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff should continue in office. The question is ‘was it Mr. President, General Buhari or the APC who sourced Senator Sheriff for the PDP’?

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  • Bayo_Bamiduro

    Sheriff and his faction were a nuisance and spoilers; they are few but potent; it is easy, much easier to destroy than to build; the success of the recovery exercise of the PDP lies in its success at reconciling factions and the likes of Fayose and Wike would only complicate matters; bring in the Ayades, the Dicksons, the Emmanuels, the Umahi’s , PDP governors of Gombe and Taraba; these are men of peace who could be effective reconciliators. The FFKs could only worsen situations with their unguided vitriols and mercenary tendencies.. Nigeria needs a virile, strong and united opposition which could only be available from a united PDP

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