Following the governorship election in Osun state on Saturday, September 22, 2018, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed the head office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun state around 2am on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
The PDP supporters were chanting anti-government songs, alleging that the commission is planning to rig the governorship election and vowed to lay down their lives in defence of their mandate.
According to them, the plot to declare the result in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had been concluded.
Though armed security operatives at the entrance of the commission office prevented them from gaining access into the premises the protesters kept shouting on top of their voices.
Senate President Bukola Saraki tweeting on the protest, said he was proud of those defending “PDP’s lead” in the election.
Prior to the protest, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the PDP, had said the PDP would not accept results that do not reflect the true votes cast.
According to him, the APC was desperate to hijack the process, following the realisation that they have lost at the polling units. He said that:
“APC thugs, aided by security agencies, are stirring violence in Ila, Boripe Local Government Area, where they are attacking collation center, manhandling and chasing out agents of our party, in a bid to disrupt the collation of results and alter the figures, having realized that their party has lost at the polling units”.
“The PDP also has information that the APC unleashed similar violent mission in Ikire, Oriade Local Government. Our party also has report that the APC thugs are mobilizing to Ede to disrupt collation of results.
“The PDP states in unequivocal terms that our members and the people of Osun state remain at alert and will never allow the APC to have its way. The PDP, in very strong terms, cautions the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to allow any body, including its staff, to in any way, alter results polled and already declared at the polling units as such is capable of attracting dire consequences for the perpetrators”.
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