The All Progressives Congress (APC) at its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting has decided to go to court to challenge an election which it believed was marred by constitutional rape through harassment and intimidation of citizens by security forces.
The said election was the recently held Ekiti State governorship election where Mr. Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had emerged winner.
This move, however, negates the party’s earlier stand to accept whatever the incumbent and defeated governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, decides on the outcome of the election, which he did by conceding victory to Fayose and congratulated him, as soon as the results were annouced after the election. The winner, who was also a former governor, polled 203,090 of the votes cast in the said election, while the incumbent scored 120,433 votes.
According to communique issued by the APC, it was noted that the entire process was everything but free and fair.
“Therefore, in order to prevent a recurrence of what happened in Ekiti, especially the militarisation of the process, the harassment and intimidation of citizens, especially those in opposition, my party has decided to challenge in court some of these constitutional breaches and will also encourage our leaders and supporters, who were arrested, harassed and intimidated to seek the enforcement of their constitutionally-guaranteed fundamental rights that were recklessly abridged by the security agencies”, it said.
Stating deploration of thousands of armed troops, police, state security and civil defence personnel to Ekiti, which it claimed resulted in a shutdown of the state, were among reasons sighted for its recent stand.
In its response to APC, the PDP has castigated the national leadership of the APC for not accepting the processes and outcome of the last Saturday’s Ekiti governorship election which was won by Fayose.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the position of the APC national leadership over an election widely accepted as one of the freest, fairest and most credible elections in Nigeria, and in which their candidate, Governor Fayemi, had also conceded defeat, demonstrates their “preference for anarchy and blind homage to nihilism and destruction of the democratic order”.
“The APC has once again confirmed that it is nothing but a chaotic organisation, totally averse to democracy and orderliness. It has shown that it is a party of desperate, frustrated and violent individuals promoting a Janjaweed ideology.
“This is a party that is fully aware that it was trounced in all the local governments of the state and even lost in the polling units and wards of its campaign Director-General and that of its Deputy National Chairman, yet it is bent at fomenting trouble to disrupt the peace in Ekiti State apparently out of frustration that it did not get the chance to rig the polls.
“However we wish to alert of an orchestrated plot by the APC to now use the instruments of wild allegations and spurious claims to set the stage to unleash mayhem on Ekiti State using imported armed thugs. We therefore urge Nigerians to note this and hold the APC responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti State,” the party said.