On Friday morning, Lere Olayinka, Special Assistant to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekit State on Media, blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise Jimoh Ibrahim as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the governorship election in Ondo State.
He lamented the decision to impose Ibrahim on the PDP, warning that such will fail, just like similar attempts in the past. The INEC had on Thursday listed Ibrahim as PDP candidate for Ondo State leading to protests across the state and burn fires on major junctions.
Olayinka urged Nigerians not to “despair, (because) all these plots by Buhari and his APC against the rights of Nigerians to freely elect their leaders will also fail.”
Continuing, he wrote: “Akure is burning now. So is (are) some other town in Ondo State. Thanks to Buhari and his INEC.”
The state owned Ondo State Television reported on its website, protests by residents who blocked major highways in the capital city, over the removal of ?Eyitayo Jegede of the Ahmed Makarfi PDP faction from the INEC final list.
Activities in the capital city was at lull as residents stayed indoor over fear that the protest might soon turn awry, just as plans by Ibrahim to visit the state was reportedly shelved for fear that he is not welcome.
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