The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Ogun state, Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo has vowed that the party will sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the omission of the party’s name from ballot papers.
Oguntoyinbo made the disclosure on Sunday in a statement personally signed and made available to journalists.
The NNPP guber candidate who cast his vote at Ofada, Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state, while expressing dismay over the conduct of the election, he noted that omitting the name of the party on the ballot paper was a ploy to rob him and the party the victory of just conducted gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
He maintained that apart from omitting the name of the party from the ballot paper, the election was marred by manipulation and irregularities, alleging All Progressives Congress (APC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of intimidation, harassment and vote buying.
Oguntoyinbo disclosed that the party had earlier written a letter to INEC to ensure the inclusion of his party’s name on the ballot paper, instead of only the logo.
He noted that the INEC in its wisdom decided to rob the party of victory by refusing to correct the error, hence, the need to challenge it constitutionally by going to court.
According to him, “On the ballot paper, I cannot see my party, the NNPP. After writing to INEC to make amendment before the election but to our surprise, we could not find the name but only the logo.
“Even despite that, there was security during the election in my polling unit, where I cast my vote, the APC gathered hoodlums to attack me.
“I’m so disappointed in this country. I’m so disappointed about the leaders that we have. People can’t move around freely to the extent that they were dragging guns with my security. Can you imagine? No, this was not an election.
“But by the grace of God, we are going to court to challenge INEC on reasons why they failed to put our name on the ballot paper. I’m disappointed in INEC.”