At the early hours of Friday, information came in that the Vice
Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof Kayode
Soremekun, who was the INEC Returning Officer in the recently concluded
Edo State governorship election that is still a subject of litigation,
will also serve as the Returning Officer for the Ondo State election.

The questions that came to my mind were; is Prof
Kayode Soremekun the only Vice Chancellor in Nigeria? Is FUOYE the only
federal university in Nigeria? Is Ekiti the only State where INEC can
find Returning Officers?

Definitely, INEC is up to a sinister game on the Ondo State election and
it is obvious that the electoral commission is working with the All
Progressives Congress (APC).

This belief was further made manifest by the response of Prof Soremekun
to a SMS and a call, saying that he was only being used as decoy by
INEC.

This was further corroborated by the INEC Resident Electoral
Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, who said on television
that identities of those to be used as Returning Officers are being kept
secret.

Obviously, it is clear beyond any doubt that INEC is only trying to make
a volte-face, after its sinister motive of using the same people it
used to rig the Edo State election was exposed.

Electoral process should an open book that anyone can read. Sadly, less
than 24 hours to the Ondo State election, INEC is telling Nigerians and
the entire world that identities of those to serve as Returning
Officers are being kept secret.

Why should those that will conduct election be hidden from Nigerians? Is election now a secret affair?

The sad reality confronting the electoral process in Nigeria today is
that apart from the APC, other political parties are now contesting
elections against INEC.

It is clear that the Returning Officers already have fake results that they will announce to Nigerians as they did in Edo State.

Evidently, democracy in Nigeria has suffered a serious setback and it
will take the insistence and resistance of the people of Ondo State for
their votes to count tomorrow.

Furthermore, to sustain the planned rigging, names of some judges seen
as trusted enough to give the APC favourable judgment have been compiled
to be used as members of the Election Petition Tribunal. In other
words, the election tribunal has been constituted even before the
election is held.

I therefore urge the people of Ondo State to be extremely vigilant.

When they go out tomorrow to cast their votes, they must stand by their
votes. They must follow their votes from the polling stations to the
ward collation centres, local government collation centres and the State
collation centre.

My dear people of Ondo State, if they tell you to leave the State
collation centre at any time that collation will be suspended as they
did in Edo State, resist it. Stay awake all night on Saturday till final
result is announced.

INEC must be reminded that is has a duty to Nigerians and not APC. The
people of Ondo State must be the one to elect their own governor, not
INEC.

Therefore, tomorrow’s election must be free, fair and credible.
Nigerians must remember there is no alternative to democracy, we must
salvage it together.

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