- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is not leaving any stone behind in his re-election bid
- The Ondo governor has petitioned the state police command over election fraud allegation made against him by Ifedayo Abegunde
- Abegunde, a former Ondo SSG, had alleged that the 2016 election was rigged for the governor
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In one of the final attempts to clear his name ahead of the Ondo guber election, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has petitioned the police over the claim made by the former secretary to the state government, Ifedayo Abegunde.
Legit.ng recalls that the former SSG dropped a major bombshell by claiming that the 2016 Ondo state governorship election was rigged in favour of Governor Akeredolu.
Speaking on a radio programme, Crest 87.7 FM in Akure on Monday, July 6, Abegunde alleged that the 2016 poll was marred with covered-up irregularities, adding that the governor did not win the poll.
Abegunde, who made the stunning revelation immediately after resigning from the Akeredolu cabinet, however, claimed that the governor will suffer defeat in the forthcoming election.
But in an attempt to clear his name from the allegation, Governor Akeredolu and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) said they have petitioned the state police commissioner, Salami Bolaji, over the claim.
In the petition, Akeredolu and APC are demanding a thorough investigation into the allegations made by Abegunde and similarly urging the commissioner to prosecute him for electoral fraud.
The governor, who submitted the petition through his counsel, described the allegations as "diametrically spurious, false, reckless, senseless and criminal."
“For any person to fraudulently procure the return of any other person to an elective office, whether directly or indirectly, is a criminal offence punishable with 12 months imprisonment, by virtue of Section 124(1) (a) of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), part of the statement read.
In related news, aspirants vying for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket have accused the Ondo state deputy governor Agboola Ajayi of doctoring delegates' list to be used for the party's primary election.
Agboola faces tough hurdles to secure the PDP ticket after pulling out of the APC in what climaxed the feud between him and his estranged principal, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
With just seven days to the shadow poll of the main opposition party, some aspirants accused Ajayi of injecting the delegates' list with 101 fake names.
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