Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jumoke Akinjide and former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, Sunday expressed satisfaction with the victory of their party’s candidate, Hafeez Jimoh, in the re-run election in Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency in the state.
But the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state has rejected the result of the re-run election and vowed to head to the tribunal to contest the victory.
The PDP candidate, Hafeez Adelowo Jimoh, polled 16,989 votes cast, representing 54 per cent to defeat his arch rival from ACN, Lanre Agoro, who polled 14,922 votes representing 46 per cent of the valid votes. Jimoh victory came 33 years after a candidate from his Kisi community where he hails, represented the constituency.
Akinjide, in her reaction, described the victory of the PDP candidate as victory of reality over myth and propaganda, adding, “now it is evidence the ACN has met its waterloo and the good people of Oyo State have begun to say farewell to the government of deceit and falsehood.”
The former governor in his reaction stated that the party has just started regaining its lost ground which it conceded to the ruling party in the last year April general election due to intra-party crisis.
He confirmed that the election was a signal that the PDP was not a push over in the state nor has it become a dead entity, adding that the recent reconciliation in the party has even made the party stronger.
Alao-Akala added that the result of the poll has vindicated the achievements of his government in the Oke-Ogun area which he said the voters took cognisance of by voting for the party candidate.
Meanwhile, the ruling party in the state through its Publicity Secretary, Dauda Kolawole, vowed to contest the result of the poll at the tribunal, claiming that PDP used its federal might to harass and intimidate voters through the deployment of soldiers and mobile policemen.
“We wish to state unequivocally that we reject the result of the re-run election in its entirety. The election was marred by low turn-out as a result of fear which had been created in the minds of the electorate.
“All over the places where the elections were held, there were visible presence of soldiers and gun-wielding mobile policemen, a situation which forced most of the voters to stay indoor for fear of being molested by the security operatives.