Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has joined the fray of those condemning last week’s Edo governorship elections by accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of using federal might to influence the results in favour of its candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
Fayose, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka on Monday, stated that Obaseki’s victory at the polls was “only made possible by the use of federal government agencies to subvert the will of the people.”
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, not only had the APC to contend with, they also had the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to battle against.
“The stage for the manipulation of the election was set by the use of security agencies to postpone the election, even when there was no single security threat and what was witnessed in Edo State last Wednesday was the execution of the rigging plans perfected after the postponement.”
He castigated the APC for betraying the spirit of change upon which it rode to power and taking away the power of the people to choose for themselves. He added that it only indicates what the party intends to do in 2019.
“Like I have said before, we are already seeing signs of what is to come in 2019 and Nigerians should know by now that it will only take their insistence for their votes to count as long as these APC elements remain in power,” he said.