The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), on Thursday, who visited the state chapter of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to lodge a protest, called for the postponement of the election.
Jegede said the list of his party agents had not been received by INEC, adding that his faction of the party had not got the copy of the voter register.
He said, “We want INEC to postpone the date of the election to enable me to enjoy the privileges the candidates of other parties enjoy in the election.
“Before now, my party has written to inform INEC on what is needed to be done in line with the provisions of the law; they have not replied the letter. There are three conditions for election postponement. These conditions are hinged on violence, natural disaster or any other emergency. What we have here is a legal emergency, it must be attended to.”
Presenting his protest letter to INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Segun Agbaje, at the state headquarters of the commission in Akure, the state capital on Thursday, the PDP candidate said his request for election postponement was in line with the electoral laws.
Responding to the call for postponement, the REC said there was no going back on the Saturday date. He said the commission was ready to conduct the election and there was no way it could postpone the exercise.
Agbaje said, “We are going to conduct the election on Saturday; there is no going back. It is not the fault of INEC that parties are having intra-party crisis. It will cost Nigeria a lot of money if the election is postponed.
“We have prepared well for the election, the sensitive materials are already out and to postpone the election, it will cost the INEC a lot of money.”
Several pro-democracy groups, activists and party supporters had backed the call for the postponement of the election, saying that Jegede needed to be given some time to prepare and submit his agents’ list to INEC.
But the All Progressives Congress, Alliance for Democracy, among some political parties and pro-democracy groups, insisted that the poll should not be postponed.
The governorship candidate of the AD, Chief Olusola Oke, and his APC counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, have stated their readiness for the poll. Meanwhile, the Ondo state government has declared Friday, November 25 (today) public holiday to enable workers prepare for Saturday’s governorship election.