Former Governor of Oyo State and gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala on Tuesday alleged that some “bad elements” within the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are conniving with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig next year’s election in the state.
Alao-Akala made this revelation during the official unveiling of his campaign team at an event held in Ibadan, the state capital.
At the event were his wife, Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, deputy gubernatorial candidate, Professor Abideen Olaiya, Oyo South, North and Senatorial Central candidates, Dr. Fola Akinosun, Mr. Ahmed Salaudeen and Hon. Temitope Oladoye, respectively among others.
The former governor raised the alarm that INEC and the ruling APC were planning to disenfranchise thousands of voters across the state.
Alao-Akala said, “May I use this occasion to inform the stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral system and the world at large that information reaching us from competent sources is that some bad elements in the INEC are conniving with the ruling APC to disenfranchise thousands of voters and weakening the leading opposition candidates in their strongholds by engaging in statewide illegal relocation of voters from their units/local government of origin to another”.
He called on INEC Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mammud, and security agencies “to put a stop to this advanced rigging method”.
Alao-Akala also used the opportunity to declare that he is “healthy and mentally fit for the rigorous tasks of governance”, saying that holding a public office was not a function of age, but mental capacity, experience, maturity, good vision and mission, sensitiveness, responsiveness, credibility and popular acceptability of a person.
He said that he was in the governorship race with a rescue mission to reposition the state for the betterment of the people, adding that “my heart aches because 90 percent of the outgoing government’s policies, programmes and projects are best described as anti-people.”
Speaking on the choice of Professor Olaiya as his running mate, the ADP governorship candidate said: “My deputy is a born and devout Muslim; therefore, he would not have to adopt an emergency Muslim name to falsely prove his religious leaning and appeal to pity”.