PROTESTS ROCK OGUN STATE OVER GUBERNATORIAL POLL RESULT

Written by on March 22, 2023

The governorship candidate of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu, has led protesters to the office of The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ogun state.

Scores of the PDP members led by the party’s candidate marched to the INEC office, where they rejected the result of the election, which Adebutu lost to the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, who is the APC candidate.

The protesters, who were singing anti-INEC songs, were bearing placards with inscriptions such as “INEC should save our democracy”, “INEC betrayed the people of Ogun”, “Electoral fraud will not stand”, INEC should respect people’s wish”, “INEC should stop being biased” and “Ogun election was inconclusive, INEC correct yourself”, among others.

But, the protesters were denied access to the INEC office by heavily armed security operatives.

Speaking at the entrance of the office, Adebutu said he was at the commission to submit a petition.

He insisted that the protesters would not leave the place until officials of the electoral commission attended to them.

Adebutu said the party had submitted several protest letters to the commission demanding the review of the results of Saturday’s election and re-run in polling units, where elections were either cancelled or disrupted.

He said that it was regrettable that security agencies were being used against the wish of the people, warning that the development could degenerate into another #Endsars protest.

Adebutu said:

We are here to protest, but unfortunately we have been confronted by security men, shooting sporadically into the air, in the hope that they would disperse us, but we are resolute, we are going to stay here until we are addressed by officials of INEC.

We contend that the measures by which other states have been treated and they are allowed to have rerun should apply to Ogun State.

He noted that the governorship elections in Adamawa and Kebbi states were declared inconclusive, adding that the same should apply to Ogun State.

Adebutu later held a closed-door meeting with some INEC officials. Emerging from the meeting, Adebutu urged his supporters to remain law-abiding.


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