The two leading gladiators in yesterday’s Ekiti governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Prof Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have both claimed victory even with the votes still being counted.
As results trickle in across the state, both men claimed that they were each coasting to victory, and accused each other of trying to disrupt the process.
Fayemi, in a statement by the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization, told Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose that it was too late to abort the will of the people as freely expressed in the July 14 election.
“Information at our disposal indicates that Fayose is mobilizing his thugs to invade the collation centre to disrupt the conclusion of the election in which Fayemi is coasting home to victory,” its spokesman, Wole Olujobi, said.
“We call on security agencies to be alert to their responsibility to stop this sabotage against the nation’s law.
“The Nigerian law has spoken and Ekiti people have spoken too, and so we want to let Fayose realize that this attempt to abort this legal process will fail.”
Similarly, the PDP candidate, Olusola, also raised the alarm over alleged plans to tinker with results of the election.
“Aside the fact that it was an election of the PDP versus all the security agencies in the country, we are confident of winning,” said Olusola’s campaign Spokesperson, Lere Olayinka.
“Despite the intimidation and harassment by security agencies, we are still hopeful of winning the election but we are confronted with a clear plot to manipulate the results.
“We are therefore calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the security agencies and INEC to allow the will of Ekiti people to prevail,” he said.
This comes as the PDP yesterday cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against accepting or announcing any result that does not reflect the true votes cast at polling centers.
Meanwhile, results at some polling units Sunday indicate that the two frontline contenders were running neck and neck, with both delivering their respective strongholds.