As Ekiti indigenes trooped to the polls Saturday to elect a new governor, the Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that its members were harassed and brutalised at the various polling units.
The PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, blamed the All Progressives Congress for the victimisation, while calling on Nigerians and the international community to take note.
“We have noted and believe that the whole world has noted too, the harassment, intimidation and violent attacks on our members and supporters by thugs hired by the APC, who are being aided by some compromised security men brought in by the APC to perfect the aggression against our members at the election,” the statement read.
“The entire world has witnessed the desperation of the APC to hijack the reign of governance in Ekiti State through brutalisation, snatching of ballot boxes and ferocious assault on Ekiti people, who turned out peacefully to cast their votes.
“The PDP wants all Nigerians and the international community to note the brutal attacks and cruelty being suffered in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC just because the Ekiti people seek to freely elect a governor of their choice.
“The PDP is monitoring all events and will make our formal position on the entire process known in due course.”
Ologbondiyan enjoined members and supporters of the PDP to monitor all results to the very end “to ensure that nobody, no matter how highly placed, altered any result that is in our favour.”
Voting concluded before 3pm in most polling units and results should be trickling in by tomorrow.