Senator Buruji Kashamu and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose have explained why their political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost the Ondo State governorship election to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kashamu said that the PDP lost the election because of the outgoing governor, Olusegun Mimiko, “refused” to listen to advice by fielding a prospective successor from his senatorial zone.
Senator Kashamu in a statement on Sunday, November 27, 2016, explained that Mimiko was advised that Ondo voters would resist the “injustice” of producing a successor from the same senatorial district where he comes from.
“It is not that Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, is not a good material. He is urbane, intelligent and smart. He would have probably won had he come from any other senatorial zone than Mimiko’s.
“In a political party, like every other setting, people are bound to have disagreements and protect their interests. Senator Makarfi should not let governors Fayose and Mimiko to mislead him any further. The mess that they have put the party is already more than enough,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayose has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) connived with the APC and other collaborators in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the Ondo Governorship election.
Fayose said; “Just as I would have loved to congratulate the winner, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, because, in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser, the role of INEC in awarding victory to him in the election left much to be desired.”
The governor in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said INEC gave the APC victory in the election by deliberately replacing the name of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate, thereby creating a legal logjam that lasted till 3 days to the election.
He said that the PDP went to the election with its hands tied to the back because of the uncharitable actions of INEC, which has no doubt become an arm of the APC.
He maintained that apart from the APC, some political parties in Nigeria are now contesting elections against INEC.