A former chairman of the Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye on Monday caused a stir at the National Collation Centre when he rejected the presidential election result declared for Ekiti State, alleging over-voting.
The drama started before the beginning of the collation when Melaye, who is also an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party, raised an observation that the figures of results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission for Ekiti State do not correlate.
INEC had declared the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, winner of Ekiti State with 201,494 defeating his closest rival Alhaji Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 89, 554.
Peter Obi of the Labour Party polled 11,397 votes while Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigeria Peoples Party polled 264 votes; 1703 votes were cancelled due to bye-pass of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Systems and over-voting.
But making his observation, Melaye, said after calculation done by the PDP, there was a discrepancy of an increase of 887 in the total number of figures from Ekiti State.
The agents of the Action Alliance, Kenneth Udeze and Labour Party, Umar Farouk agreed with the observation made by Melaye.
But INEC, chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu insisted that the commission stood by the result declared by the collation officer of Ekiti State, Prof. Akeem Olawale Lasisi, who is the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orangun, Osun State.