The Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Obateru Akinruntan, has described as untrue the rumour that there were massive thumbprints of ballot papers in his palace.
The monarch, who expressed shock, said the story was not only malicious but an attempt to drag his name into the murky water of politics.
Akinruntan spoke to journalists in Ugbo on Saturday in reaction to a report on the social media. The monarch said he was a father to all aspiring to succeed the incumbent Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, and had no reason to be partisan or engage in illegal activities.
He said, “I am a father to all the contestants, I see no reason why I should allow my palace to be used for such illegal activities. In fact, it is not possible. The contestants came here and I prayed for all of them.
“I pray God to forgive the man who made the allegation and posted it on the Facebook. But we should learn to respect our traditional institutions and not to drag them into the murky water of politics.”
The monarch, who said he did not go out of his palace, said reporters were free to move round the premises and check if there was any illegal activity going on.
One of his aides conducted journalists round the palace and said the rumour was fabricated by those who wanted to tarnish the monarch’s image by all means.
Meanwhile, the supporters of the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief Olusola Oke, were seen jubilating at Igbodigo, Idepe and other towns in the Okitipupa Local Government Area.
The announcement of results at some of the units in the Okitipula LGA, where Oke led other candidates, triggered the jubilation among his supporters.
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