Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
A Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Olusegun Agbaje, yesterday alleged that former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, attempted to bribe him to change the results of the presidential and National Assembly elections in 2015.
Agbaje who was one of the seven newly sworn-in RECs by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said he was invited to Ondo State Government House at about 1.30a.m., for a meeting with the governor, which he turned down.
The REC said: â€œIn 2015, after the presidential election, about 1.30a.m., we were doing collation in the conference room in Ondo State conference hall. I got a call around 1.30a.m. The then VC of University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was our returning officer.
â€œThe call came from the governor of the state asking me at that time to quickly see him at the Government House in Ondo State. I said: â€˜Your Excellency, this is a very ungodly hour. We had started the particular job of collation and any REC that is worth his salt will not abandon the returning officer in Ondo and go to Akure to meet a governor.â€™
â€œHe said okay, if I could not come to Government House, he would meet me at my residence. I said: â€˜Your Excellency, since I came to Ondo you have not visited me. Why would it be 1.30a.m. in the night. I told him I would not comeâ€™.
â€œLess than 10 minutes later, a brother of mine working in the service in Abuja sent me a text which read that Segun Agbaje, the REC in Ondo State is now with Governor Mimiko collecting N50 million.
â€œI felt I should share this because this is part of the areas that you can fall prey and if somebody is not very careful, you can get into trouble because I could have gone there, cameras could have been set for me which later in the morning, before we declare the result of National Assembly and presidential elections, which we were to forward to the national headquarters for final collation, I could get a call that if I donâ€™t change the results that I was about to declare, that it would be published and then I would be in serious trouble.â€