The Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called for a total cancellation of the governorship election held in Ondo State at the weekend.
Accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of complicity in the alleged rigging of the polls, the faction disclosed its plan to contest the result at the tribunal.
But the Ali Modu Sheriff faction declared that the PDP lost the governorship election because of impunity allegedly displayed by some governors within his party.
The reaction made at a press conference in Abuja yesterday by Sheriff’s deputy, Cairo Ojuogboh was in response to an accusation by the caretaker committee that the faction acted the role of a spoiler during the election.
The caretaker committee, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said that Sheriff’s consistent claim to the office of chairman “is a continuation of the plans to cause mayhem in our party but nature and fair justice have taken care of his desperation.
It is amusing that these musketeers could be accusing the national caretaker committee of being the reason the party is facing challenges in terms of unfavourable election results especially in Edo and Ondo states when it is not a secret to all Nigerians that these non-PDP members were the ones who frustrated the party on all fronts.”
The committee drew attention to an alleged directive the Sheriff group gave to its supporters to vote for the APC. “It is common knowledge that Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim whom they pushed as front at the Ondo polls before the Appellate Courts reversed the anomaly, openly campaigned for their party, the APC..”
The faction described the result as declared by INEC as a charade, and said it was not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.“It is common knowledge that the APC agents openly bought votes of the electorate in the full glare of security operatives who did nothing to prevent such dastardly violation of the electoral law.