PDP candidate rejects declaration of Ondo South election inconclusive



By Remi Bamgbose
TrackNigeria: Mr Nicholas Tofowomo has rejected the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring election in Ondo South Senatorial District inconclusive.

Tofowomo is the senatorial candidate of the Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo South Senatorial District in the last Saturday Presidential and elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tofowomo polled 79,029 votes against his closest rival. Sen. Yele Omogunwa of the All Progressives (APC) who scored 51,993.

Prof. Kayode Onifade, the INEC Returning Officer for Ondo South declared the election inconclusive over what he described as various irregularities in the election.

He also cited the cancelled votes of 28,047, which was higher than the leading margin of 27,036 votes as another reason for the decision to declare the election inconclusive.

However, statement on Monday by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Nicholas Tofowomo Campaign , Mr Olumide Akinrionlola, Tofowomo condemned the decision.

The PDP candidate alleged thatINEC in conjunction with the APC were on course to subvert the will of the people of Ondo South.

Tofowomo said that Onifade was unable to satisfactory of the Polling Units where various irregularities occurred, until he (Onifade) got to Akure.

He noted that three House of Representatives were declared winners in the same areas where the senatorial elections were held simultaneously, adding that something was fishy on the decision of INEC on the issue.

The PDP candidate urged INEC, to as a matter of urgency, declare him as the winner of the senatorial seat without delay.

He, however, urged his supporters to be calm and avoid taking laws into their hands.

“We reject in it is entirety the inconclusive decision of INEC for the Ondo South Senatorial election because it is a ploy by INEC and APC to subvert the will of the electorate.

“We challenge INEC to satisfactory of areas of irregularities because the three of House Representatives were declared winners of the same election held simultaneously in the same areas.

“It is worrisome for INEC Returning Officer to say he can only names of troubled areas responsible for the inconclusiveness when he gets to Akure.

“I hereby urge our supporters to be calm and ensure they are law-abiding, because our victory cannot be shortchanged,” Tofowomo said. (NAN)