By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State has accused a Senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, of inducing voters during Saturday’s national assembly elections in Ogun East Senatorial District in which Buruji Kashamu emerged winner.
The deputy director of Senator Ibikunle Amosun Campaign Organisation, Bisi Adegbuyi, stated this during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Monday, claiming that it was “marred by gross irregularities, inducement and intimidation of voters, manipulation and falsification of the results.”
The party, however, vowed to contest the result at the tribunal, maintaining that Kashamu allegedly induced voters, manipulated and falsified results of the polls.
At the election, the APC’s candidate for the Ogun East Senatorial District, Dapo Abiodun, the party’s candidates for Remo and Ijebu North/Ijebu East/Ogun Waterside federal constituencies, Olayinka Odufuwa and Sulaiman Olubiyi respectively lost in the election.
Adegbuyi, said the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, did not reflect the wishes of the people of Ogun East, describing the election as a mere charade.
He said the party has “incontrovertible evidence of the manipulations that took place and the roles played by certain individuals.”
According to him,”We therefore reject the results of the national assembly elections, particularly the one for the senatorial seat and the two federal constituencies, Remo and Ijebu North/Ijebu East/ Ogun Waterside.
“We want the entire world to know that the results as announced by INEC reflect predetermined, manipulated and fictitious figures forged by a rigging machinery of the PDP led by its senatorial candidate, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.
“The APC is determined to challenge the results of the Ogun East senatorial elections and the two House of Representatives seats within the confines of the law.”
But, in his reaction, Kashamu denied the allegations, saying the claims by the APC are totally unfounded.
Kashamu who spoke through his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, noted that if there was rigging and intimidation, as alleged, the accusers should supply the details.
He said: “Ordinarily, we would not have dignified them with a response. You can see that the statement is loud in noise and lacking in substance.
“If they say there was rigging, intimidation and manipulation during the election, they should supply the details, rather than hiding under some nebulous excuses that say nothing.”