Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) at the July 14th governorship election in Ekiti State has on Friday filed a 700 Page petition before the Election Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti.
Armed with heaps of documents to justify their petition, Prof. Kolapo, his running mate, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin and a member of his legal team, Mr.Ola Olanipekun, (SAN) and some of his supporters arrived at the state high court premises at about 6:00pm.
His arrival at the court to register is compliant was in line with the 21-Day deadline allowed under the Electoral Act, which expires tomorrow Saturday.
The Ekiti State deputy governor stated, while speaking to journalist, that the bulky petition contained undeniable evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the result was tempered with in favour of Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He cited the incidence of ballot box snatching and voters and party agents intimidation by APC thugs.
“The election was openly manipulated by political desperadoes, using instruments of the Federal Government”, he claimed.
“I am challenging the election results not out of desperation to be governor, but for reasons of future and posterity, and largely on behalf of the people of Ekiti, who were taken aback by the outcome of the election
“Without doubt, the will of the people was subverted by those who have chosen to take Nigeria back to the dark days of ballot stuffing, ballot boxes snatching and outright falsification of election results and I believe they deserve to get justice
“As law abiding citizens of our country, the only path of honour to take in a situation like this is the process that we have initiated today, to seek redress against the use of security forces and other instruments of the federal government to suppress the will of our people
“The mood of Ekiti people when the beneficiary of the electoral robbery was declared winner and up till today is a pointer to the resolve of the people not to accept the subversion of their will and we have answered their calls to use the judiciary to get back their mandate
“In doing this, I have presented overwhelming discrepancies in the results declared by INEC to the tribunal to adjudicate upon and I am confident that the popular mandate of the people of Ekiti will not go unrestored
“I therefore want Ekiti people to keep hope alive, remain strong and resolute in their belief in God
“While we go through this judicial walk to exposing the electoral thievery of July 14, 2018, we urge the good people of Ekiti State, especially my teeming supporters to remain calm, peaceful and prayerful, bearing in mind that those who stole their mandate will not enjoy the benefits for long.” he added.