Senator Opeyemi Bamidele on Sunday said there were no gubernatorial primaries conducted in Ekiti State on Thursday.
He alleged that the process was hijacked, compromised and truncated by state actors elected to represent the people of the state.
Bamidele, who was one of the seven aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who pulled out of the primaries, alleging fraud, promised to fight the outcome of the primaries within the confine of the law and the constitution of the party.
He said that Ekiti, at the moment, is groping in political darkness and called for concerted efforts to redress the drift.
He said: “It is public knowledge that no primary election took place on Thursday, 27th January, 2022 but yet, rather disappointedly, results were announced based on concocted and fictitious vote counts.
“The process of conducting these primaries was hijacked, truncated, compromised and bastardised by those at the helm of affairs in Ekiti State, which is tantamount to a complete abuse of trust and leadership.
“The underlining level of impunity, desperation and perfidy which characterised the entire rigging process was so much and thought beclouding that I was alloted 700 plus votes in a statewide gubernatorial primary election in a state where I had scored over 94,000 votes in just one out of three Senatorial Districts to emerge as a Senator.
“This was less than three years ago and after then I had done much more to earn the confidence and greater love of the people through effective representation on the floor of the Senate as well as life touching empowerment programmes and constituency development projects.
“More specifically, the breakdown of the votes alloted to me indicated that I got 150 votes in Ado Ekiti, my beloved second home where I had recorded 28,000 votes out of the 42,000 votes that gave me the House of Representatives mandate way back in year 2011 to represent Ado/Irepodun-Ifelodun Federal Constituency.
“But we will remain resolute, strong, focused and faithful in the face of this impunity, total lack of regard for the electoral due process and executive rascality by a chosen few who were elected to represent the interests of Ekiti people.
“We are of course taking immediate steps within the confines of our party constitution and the law to seek redress for this blatant abuse of trust and due process by the state actors.”
He called for calm in the face of the provocation, even as he advocated collective approach in the fight to liberate the state.
“I thank you all and I urge you to stand firm on your feet; for it is no longer about our individual aspiration but our collective ambition to liberate Ekiti and make her light shine again.
“There is no doubt that Ekiti is, today, groping in darkness. We must work together for a glorious dawn of light.
“So whilst on this quest to seek an amicable resolution to this impasse, I urge all to remain calm and prayerful that justice and truth will prevail for the benefit of the people of Ekiti,” he said.