Ekiti state Deputy Governor and flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded Ekiti state gubernatorial election, Kolapo Olusola, has approached the Election Petition Tribunal to contest the outcome of the July 14, election.
Olusola submitted a petition to the tribunal while also seeking that he is announced the winner of the election.
Speaking after submitting the 700 pages petition, Olusola expressed that the governorship election was marred by violence and massive voters inducement.
He said: “we 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.
“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.
“I am challenging the 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.
“I formally filed the much expected petition against the results of the July 14, 2018 governorship election, which was openly manipulated by political desperadoes, using instruments of the federal government.”
The deputy governor urged his supporters to remain optimistic that the court would pronounce them winner of the election.
The June 14 election saw one-time governor of the state, Kayode Fayemi emerged victorious after amassing a total of 197, 459 to defeat Olusola, who received 178, 121 votes.
According to Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), candidate has a grace of 21-days to file a petition who is aggrieved by outcome of any election.