Some policemen were on Monday morning seen protesting in Ondo town, over non-payment of their governorship election allowance.
The policemen who caused traffic jam, trooped out to Fagun street in Ondo town chanting various war songs to kick against the way they were treated, especially the non-payment of their election allowance after the governorship election.
However, Daily Post reports that the Ondo State Police Command its Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, has refuted the media reports, claiming instead that the officers were only assessing Saturday’s election.
Femi Joseph said the chanting of war songs were out of the excitement of a successful outcome of the weekend’s election and not as as result of upaid election allowance as was reported.
26,000 police personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers and 20 gunboats, 15, 000 NSCDC personnel and 25 sniffer dogs were deployed for the Ondo polls.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo.
In a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party described the outcome of the election as a “charade and not the true reflection of the will of the people of Ondo State.”
The PDP accuses INEC of graduating to a level of ‘Advanced Election Rigging’ as was the case in Edo and Ondo States Gubernatorial Elections from a previous level of inconclusive elections as seen in Kogi, Bayelsa, Osun, FCT, Imo, Nassarawa and some other previous by-elections in the Country.
The statement reads in part:
“The actions of INEC in collaboration with the APC led administration left us no time to campaign and sell our candidate and party manifesto to the electorates in Ondo State. Our persistent call for the postponement of the election which was backed and supported by more than 20 other political parties were all rejected by INEC which were acting the script of the APC.
It was a carefully planned and well orchestrated strategy to rig the election well in advance by preventing the PDP from planning and campaigning for the election. The APC has hereby introduced a new formula of rigging election in Nigeria.”
PDP vehemently rejected the results of the November 26, 2016 gubernatorial election in Ondo State claiming that the election was blatantly manipulated from the beginning to the end to favour the APC.
They allege the election and all actions leading to it fall short of laid down principles guiding conduct of elections in Nigeria, and has directed its candidate and the PDP Ondo State Chapter to proceed to the Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election.
The PDP called on the judiciary to redeem Nigeria’s image and for the total cancellation of the election in Ondo State.