#TakeItBack movement, a socio-political group amplifying Omoyele Sowore’s candidacy for the 2019 presidential election, says the true winners of the Ekiti governorship election were those who rejected the All Progressives Congress(APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement on Sunday evening, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, media director of the movement, said those people will continue to reject the lie that they have no options than to select either of the two major political parties.
She said the 909,585 registered voters in Ekiti, 667,270 (73.3%) have collected their PVCs but only 375,580 voted for both APC and PDP. “This implies that almost 58.7% of the Ekiti electorate chose not to be a part of the sham political process,” she added.
The statement read in part: “APC and PDP’s shameful conduct in Ekiti confirm they are two sides of the same bad coin
“We salute the great people of Ekiti state for their peaceful conduct during the recent gubernatorial election.
“We must also commend INEC for their conduction of the elections and for the timely release of the election results.
“Despite the shameful behaviour of both the APC and PDP with their obscene and open attempts to purchase votes, as well as the high-handed conduct of the security forces, the people of Ekiti still had their say, peacefully, at the ballot box.
“We wish to note that ultimately, the true winners of the Ekiti elections are the Nigerian people, who have demonstrated that they will continue to reject the lie that they have no options than to select one or the other of the APC or the PDP.
“Our movement believes that this refusal to vote for either the APC or PDP is further evidence that Nigerians are seeking an alternative progressive platform that will offer credible options to the corrupt, status quo political class.
“In February 2019, the great people of Ekiti, and indeed all Nigerians, will have an opportunity to vote in an election in which the TakeitBack Movement will present candidates of proven integrity and competence for every office, from the presidency through to local council elections.”
According to the group, Omoyele Sowore will announce a party on which he will contest before the end of July.