The Markafi Led Faction of the People’s Democratic Party has directed its candidate in the election, Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, to head for the election tribunal.
The Ahmed Makarfi-led faction, which produced Jegede as the governorship candidate of the party two days to the election, said the poll was marred by irregularities even as it called for its cancellation.
It also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of complicity and said that the outcome of the election would be challenged at the election petitions tribunal.
Spokesman for the faction, Dayo Adeyeye, said that the election was manipulated in favour of the APC and its candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.
He said the faction had instructed Jegede and the Ondo State chapter of the party to proceed to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
Mr. Adeyeye described the outcome of the election as declared by INEC’s Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali, as a charade, and said it was not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.
But the Senator Modu Sheriff-led faction of the PDP disagreed with the position of the Makarfi-led faction, saying that Governor Olusegun Mimiko paved the way for the party’s loss through acts of impunity.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Sheriff’s deputy, Doctor Cairo Ojougboh, traced the crisis in the PDP to what he termed as governors’ highhandedness and their alleged desire to impose candidates on the party.
But Governor Mimiko and the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Isaac Kekemeke, have congratulated the governor-elect.
However, the Vice-Chairman of the APC in Ondo State, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, denied the allegation of vote buying levelled against his party.
He said Akeredolu won the election due to trust and love the people of the state had for him.