Friday, July 11, 2014

Ekiti APC ‘gathering evidence’ for tribunal

3:10 PM

Despite Governor Kayode Fayemi’s acceptance of defeat in the June 21 Ekiti gubernatorial poll, TheCable understands that the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is pushing for Ayo Fayose’s victory to be challenged in court. Fayemi lost the election to Fayose, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), by a wide margin and promptly made a concession speech ─ considered rare for a Nigerian politician. The election was generally seen to be free and fair ─ although not without complaints about the militarisation of the state. However, a state government official has said “there was something fishy about the ballot paper and the ink that needs to be challenged in court”. “We are currently gathering evidence. We have received several complaints from people about the hi-tech rigging that was perpetrated. Even though the governor has accepted defeat, that does not stop us from challenging Fayose’s victory in court if we are able to gather enough evidence to prove our case,” he said. The official said the ballot papers were designed in a way that made the thumbprints to disappear “within minutes” while “pre-programmed” votes would later appear. “In other words, all the votes that were announced by INEC were pre-programmed. That means the thumb-printing process was irrelevant. The votes were pre-allocated on the ballot papers through hi-tech manipulation,” he said, using the term “photochromic” to describe the technology allegedly used to produce the ballot papers. Photochromism, in simple language, allows for transformation of chemical spices between two forms ─ meaning what you see can change to another form in seconds. It is a technology commonly used for eyeglasses. They could be plain in one moment and dark the next after absorbing electromagnetic radiation. The official did not explain how this technology can be used to alter voting on a ballot paper but said: “A clear example of this manipulation is at former governor Segun Oni’s polling unit in Ifaki. Oni, an APC member, went there with 11 members of his family, including his wife. APC got only one vote there, while Fayose got 51.” The official, who refused to be named because a final position has not yet been taken, said Oni’s wife had to ask her husband: “Darling, didn’t you vote for APC?”

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