By CHRIS OCHAYI, Abuja
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment and Senatorial aspirant for Ekiti North Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Duro Faseyi, has petitioned the party’s Appeal panel, alleging that the senatorial primaries was characterised with massive fraud.
Fayesi, in the petition, which a copy was sent to the Chairman, Ekiti State chapter of PDP, Bola Olu-Ojo, said the senatorial primaries in Ido-Ekiti was flawed with malpractices and over-voting.
He specifically declared that the PDP primary in Ekiti North Senatorial District, which produced Senator Ayo Arise as the candidate of the party for the forthcoming election, was not free, fair and credible, alleging that the number of voters were more than the number of accredited delegates.
He said: “I wish to formally protest the fraud that characterised the recently-concluded senatorial primary of our party which took place on January 7.
According to the petition, “whereas, the total number of delegates registered and accredited to vote at the senatorial primaries, going by the stipulations of the guidelines governing the conduct of the election is 1,208, if every delegate voted, whereas some did not turn up for voting, the total number of votes returned at the end of the exercise was 1,212, with the scores as follows: Senator Ayo Arise (668), Hon. Duro Faseyi (416), Hon. Segun Ojo (48) and Mr. Kayode Otitoju (71) while 9 votes were voided.
“This clearly translates to an over-voting of four in excess of the actual number of accredited delegates. Mr. Segun Oni (immediate past governor of the state), who was not a delegate forced himself to vote,” he alleged.
Faseyi, who accused the Olu-Ojo of masterminding the whole fraud, called on the Chairman and members of the PDP Appeal panel to investigate the role played by the chairman and the former governor.
The lawmaker cited the conduct of similar primaries by PDP in Ekiti Central Senatorial district, which was also characterised by electoral fraud following which it (the primary) was cancelled and held the following day.
“This impunity must not be allowed to go unpunished or swept under the carpet. I crave your indulgence to use your good offices to investigate this matter and mete out appropriate sanction to erring officials and culprits in this show of shame,” Faseyi prayed the chairman of the PDP Appeal panel.