Ogun election: PDP's Adebutu dares Gov. Abiodun to celebrate victory

Adebutu Dapo Abiodun

Oladipupo Adebutu and Governor Dapo Abiodun

By Adejoke Adeleye/Abeokuta

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in last Saturday’s election in Ogun, Oladipupo Adebutu has dared the state governor, Dapo Abiodun to celebrate his victory in the poll.

Adebutu threw the challenge to Gov. Abiodun who was reelected for second term at a press conference in Abeokuta while faulting the outcome of the governorship poll.

He described the election as a reflection of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s ‘criminally inclined government’.

He, however. vowed to challenge the result in court.

He alleged that votes recorded for Abiodun who contested on the platform of APC were inflated in most of polling units across the state.

Adebutu stated that the findings by the PDP shows that the scores were inflated by 1,000 to 4,000 votes in favour of APC in some polling units.

He further alleged that a House of Representatives – member elect of the APC was spotted with a ballot box which he later presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and insisted that the votes should be added for his party, the APC.

Adebutu claimed that PDP won in most of the 20 local governments of the state but was rigged out by the ruling APC in conjunction with INEC.

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He, however, insisted that the PDP would proceed to forensic findings as soon as the party gets court order.

He said “This is not a margin of a hundred thousand that we will be chasing and chasing. I dare them to celebrate. We have found 10,000 there already, we have found 4,000 in Ogijo.

“These people didn’t have half of the votes that were published for them. After this auditing, we are still going to do forensic when we get the court order.

“Dapo Abiodun’s government is criminally inclined and that is how he has been running his government. What he did on Saturday was about 30 to 40 bikes with young men with guns roaming the streets, attacking polling units. The Impunity was so much. This people dressed like DSS operatives.

Adebutu added “Their House of Representatives elect was also seen with a ballot box which he was presenting to the INEC officials and insisting that the votes in the box be counted”.

The Deputy Chairman of PDP in Ogun, Kayode Bamgbose had earlier also accused INEC of conniving with the APC to rig the election.

Bamgbose further alleged that security operatives including army and the police provided cover as hoodlums destroyed sensitive and non-sensitive materials in about 100 polling units.

He also argued that the destruction and use of state power to manipulate the electoral process happened in strongholds of the PDP.

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