Political parties in Oyo state disagree over Saturday elections

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Political parties in Oyo state are disagreeing over the outcomes of last weekend’s polls in the state.

According to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party, the elections were marred with malpractices, and they are calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the elections held in the state.

Channels TV reported members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews, condemned the results in its entirety, claiming that the elections were fraught with irregularities.

They both alleged that the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju, manipulated the results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the detriment of other political parties in the state.

But in its reaction to the protests, the All Progressives Congress (APC) urged followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

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