There was tension on Thursday, at the Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as protesters from Ogun State exchanged words with Security Operatives.
The protesters numbering over 200, under the aegis of Masses Against Electoral Fraud, are all members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Yewa Collective Action Movement.
They were protesting against the alleged irregularities, which produced Dapo Abiodun, as the Governorship Candidate of the APC, in Ogun State.
The protesters bearing anti-APC placards, including, “INEC must disqualify Dapo Abiodun” and “Security Agencies should investigate Dapo Abiodun”, marched towards the INEC Office.
However, they were barred from getting close to the Electoral Commission Headquarters by a combined team of Security Agencies, who insisted that the protesters cannot block the road.
While the Security Agencies were asking them to move or regret their actions, the protesters said they were on a legitimate mission.
The protesters insisted on going into the INEC Office, even as the Police and Officers of the Department of State Services, DSS, threatened to shoot at them, if they do not go back.
The protesters went ahead with the protest, and thereafter proceeded to the APC National Secretariat.
The Spokesperson of the protesters and Chieftain of the APC in Ogun State, Ishola Adeshina, disclosed that “the emergence of Dapo Abiodun is a fraud”.
He called on the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the relevant organs of the Commission, not to recognise Dapo Abiodun, until all cases are settled.
Throughout the impasse at the INEC Headquarters, the INEC Chairman did not come out to calm the protesters