Don’t tamper with our Ilaje LGA victory, Mimiko warns REC in Ondo

Report disclosed that Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday warned the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Segun Agbaje, against tampering with the results of Saturday’s state assembly poll in the Ilaje Local Government Area.
Mimiko said the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party had been declared winners of the poll and had been given the Certificate of Return, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission had no power to withdraw a victory already granted.
The REC had withheld the results earlier announced for the election in the two assembly seats in the area.
Agbaje told journalists in Akure on Sunday that election in Ilaje was characterised by violence and instances of ballot box snatching and that the Electoral Officers were made to announce the results under duress.
“The Returning Officers for Ilaje Constituency I and Ilaje Constituency II were forced to declare the results under duress by armed thugs, even though the cancelled polling units could affect the final results,” the REC had said.
The governor, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, advised whoever that was not satisfied with the PDP victory in Ilaje to go to the election petition tribunal.
He said, “As far as we are concerned, and strictly in compliance with the electoral act, results have been collated for Ilaje Constituencies 1 and 2. The results have been declared and result sheets signed by the appropriate returning officers. As far as we know, there is nothing inconclusive about the election.

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