INEC Planning To Stop Me From Filing Legal Action Within 21 Days
Independent National Electoral Commission, has been accused by Prof Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the governorship election in Ekiti State, of frustrating his efforts to file a petition before the election petitions tribunal.
The result that got Dr Kayode Fayemi, of the All Progressives Congress, declared as the winner in the July 14 election is been challenged by Olusola.
He alleged that his applications to INEC for the certified true copies of election documents and a motion ex parte made to the tribunal were rebuffed despite having fulfilled necessary steps.
The PDP candidate claim that the plan of INEC and the tribunal is to allow time run out in him instituting the legal action within the 21 days.
He urged the election petitions tribunal to expedite action on his two applications and allow the law to take its course.
“We applied for certified true copies of election documents to assist in the preparation and presentation of my petition.
“The application was filed on July 16 to the Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Abdulganiyu Raji, and upon approval of the application, we made payment on July 20. Till now, no document has been made available to us by INEC.
“We equally made an application for certified true copies of the document to the INEC Chairman, Abuja, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, on July 17, and upon approval, payment was made on July 18.”
Olusola revealed that no document has been issued to him despite frequents visits to the INEC offices in Ekiti and Abuja.
“I, therefore, make a passionate appeal to INEC not to frustrate me further as the damage it has done to me is enough.
“The action of INEC is showing that they are out to frustrate me so that time will completely run out against me in line with the expectation of their task masters.“