Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has rejected the claim of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, that the election which brought him to office in 2014 was rigged.
Fayose said his 2014 victory was certified as credible by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the international community, local and foreign election observers.
He claimed that local and foreign observers rejected the election which brought Oshiomhole’s successor, Godwin Obaseki, to power as Edo State Governor.
Fayose said the alleged “rigging template” used by Oshiomhole and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo State will not work in next Saturday’s governorship poll in Ekiti State.
Oshiomhole had on Friday accused Fayose of resorting to “panicky measures” including alleged illegal collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of civil servants and teachers in a bid to ensure victory for his anointed successor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
Fayose in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the APC, led by Oshiomhole will meet its waterloo at the poll, adding that the people will retain People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in power with their votes.
He said: “Oshiomole’s secret plan to use his fraudulent Edo template in Ekiti will never work and it will attract injurious consequences.
This is because Ekiti people are resolutely determined to resist rigging right on the spot.
“Contrary to Adams’ diatribe, rumour peddling and rabble rousing unbecoming of an ex- governor and national chairman of the ruling party, Fayose and PDP are only interested in credible election.
“Fayose and PDP are raising the alarm because of tell-tale signs that APC and its candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi are plotting to rig the election.
“The statements by top APC leaders including its former chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun that they must capture Ekiti by all means are very instructive in this regard.
“Nigerians witnessed the blatant rigging of Ondo and Edo governorship elections by the APC. In Ondo, it was shameless vote buying. In Edo they stopped vote counting when it was clear PDP was winning and changed the results overnight. Seeing these, who will ask us to stay stupid?
“Adams Oshiomhole was the mastermind of Edo rigging. He is only calling Fayose the name that rightly belongs to him (Oshiomhole).”
He added: “If Adams Oshiomhole still has problems with that (2014) election, he should address his misgivings to the US and international community.
“Besides, APC challenged the election up to the Supreme Court but lost. Is Adams Oshiomhole disputing and despising the highest court of the land? It must be noted that he himself became governor by the same court judgment.”