The Allied Peoples Movement, APM political party in Ogun State has rejected the ongoing announcement of the Governorship and Houses of Assembly election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Director General, APM campaign organization, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji-Ishola made known the position of the party on Sunday while addressing a press conference at APM secretariat, Leme in Abeokuta.
Disclosing the reason for the rejection, Alhaji Tunji-Ishola said, “the election exercise which started on a peaceful note was disrupted as the counting of votes were being completed by hoodlums and unidentified uniform men who hijacked the process and went ahead to falsify result sheets”.
He added that, “these armed men purportedly working for a top Federal Government official from Ogun State went round many local government areas, hijacked result sheets and forced party agents to sign already filled result sheets under duress”.
According to the Director General, “local government areas affected include Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Odeda, Ifo, Obafemi-Owode and particularly all the local government areas of Ogun East Senatorial district where results were altered to ensure APM does not meet the constitutional requirements of 25 percent votes in the areas”.
Alhaji Tunji-Ishola further disclosed that the APM party has made a formal protest on these infractions to the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in the state and requested the suspension of the results announcement pending the completion of the investigation but was surprised that INEC went ahead to announce the falsified results.
Explaining the next line of action if INEC continues the process, APM Director General who was also corroborated by the Governorship candidate of the party, Honourable Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade said, “we shall explore every means within the provisions of the constitution and under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to challenge the injustice”.