Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate in #OndoState Chief Olusola Oke has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was planning to rig the poll.
He alleged that Federal Government was planning to release N7 billion to the APC governorship candidate, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, from the N10 billion infrastructural contract slated for Owo community.
The Olusola Oke Campaign Committee, which raised the alarm in Akure, the state capital, said the plan was hatched in the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja and that the idea was to award a bogus contract without due process for infrastructure in Owo, where Akeredolu hails from and divert a substantial part of the money towards rigging the election.
This was contained in a release by the Chairman of its Publicity Committee, Kolawole Olabisi. He said: “The APC has been boasting that it would rig the election, even if only one vote was cast for it. The party has been sedentary in its approach to canvassing for votes since the campaign started.
“They have been preaching it and now they have professed it with this dastardly plan perfected and supervised by the top echelons of the Federal Government to use state funds to make good their threat.”
Olabisi said the contract sum was perfected and released without going through due process and that the money has now been earmarked as part of the APC war chest to rig the November 26 election.
He said: “We want to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to be aware of what is being done by members of his cabinet in their vaunted ambition to win this election at all cost and immediately arrest the situation. While we have been going round the state, canvassing for votes from the people, they have remained in their offices boasting that they will use federal might to rig the election even if nobody votes for them.
“The APC members in Ondo have been preaching this strange gospel of rigging and we are now amazed by this latest antics to win the election with the award of a strange contract for a whopping N10 billion for Owo community where Akeredolu hails from, with a view to releasing a whopping sum of N7 billion to him to make the rigging plan a reality.
Olabisi added: “The pertinent question to ask now is, why a contract in Owo, which has one of the best road networks in Ondo State? Who approved this contract sum and why did it not go through due process such contracts had to go through?
“We want to assure them that the people of Ondo State are watching them and the consequences of rigging election here await perpetrators. Winning election should not be a do-or-die affair.”
While calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies to beam their searchlights on the activities of the Babatunde Fashola-led Federal Ministry of Works, the Oke Campaign Committee reminded them that those who live in glass houses do not throw stones.
Its words: “If we have been probing those who were alleged to have embezzled our treasure-troves and those who doled out monies without following due process, it will be strange that those sitting on the throne of justice now are equally perpetrating the same offence they sit in justice over others; it is such an absurd development.
“We, therefore, call on President Buhari, a noted democrat and a man fabled for his aversion for graft, to immediately call to order those attempting to make nonsense his fight against graft and election rigging the order of the day to order, as it portends grave danger for the nation. Election must be free and fair and the will of the people must be allowed to prevail.