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Protest lead by PDP Gov candidate Adebutu, turned violent in Ogun state.

Tuesday saw protests against the results of the governorship election from the unsuccessful candidates and their supporters, who also pledged to file a legal complaint.

Just as the All Progressives Congress in Kano State granted the Independent National Electoral Commission seven days to declare the governorship election in the state inconclusive, supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party protested in Ogun and Nasarawa states.

As of now, according to INEC’s results of the governorship election, the APC has won 15 states, the PDP has won eight, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party has won Kano State.

As PDP supporters stormed the INEC office in Abeokuta, the state capital, during a protest, a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps opened fire into the air to disperse the crowd.

Many PDP members marched to the INEC office under the leadership of the party’s candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu, to protest the results of the election, which Adebutu lost to APC candidate and state governor Dapo Abiodun.

But, chaos broke out when security personnel stopped the party guests from entering the building. An NSCDC official shot a gun during the chaos in an effort to scatter the demonstrators.

He fled from the enraged protesters as they charged at him, throwing stones at him as they did so.

During the brawl, some security personnel, including Department of State Services employees, were hurt.

The protesters, who were singing anti-INEC songs, carried placards that read things like “INEC should save our democracy,” “INEC betrayed the people of Ogun,” “Electoral fraud will not stand,” “INEC should respect people’s wishes,” “INEC should stop being biased,” and “Ogun election was inconclusive, INEC correct yourself,” among other things.

However, heavily armed security personnel prevented the demonstrators from entering the INEC office.

Adebutu announced that he had come to the commission to submit a petition as he entered the building.

He stressed that unless the election commission officials attended to the demonstrators, they would not leave the area.

Adebutu claimed the party had sent the commission three protest letters requesting a review of the results of the election on Saturday and a re-run in any polling places where voting was either canceled or interfered with.

He expressed concern at the use of security forces against the will of the populace and cautioned that this could lead to yet another #Endsars protest.

Adebutu stated, “We are here to protest, but unfortunately we have been confronted by security men, shooting sporadically into the air, in the hope that they would disperse us, but we are resolute, we are going to stay here until we are addressed by officials of INEC.

“We contend that the measures by which other states have been treated and they are allowed to have rerun should apply to Ogun State.’’

He stated that Ogun State should follow Adamawa and Kebbi states in declaring the governorship elections inconclusive.

Thereafter, Adebutu met behind closed doors with certain INEC representatives. Adebutu asked his supporters to uphold the law as he left the assembly.


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