Ahead of the November 26 governorship election, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has stated that the report of a recent opinion poll on the forthcoming election in the state is fraudulent and misleading.
The APC said the report of the poll, which was reported in a national newspaper, was purportedly conducted by an unknown company in Lagos and that the newspaper failed to provide the details of the organisation that allegedly conducted the "fake opinion poll".
The APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Mr Abayomi Adesanya, who made this known in a statement in Akure on Wednesday, stated that the result of the poll reported in the newspaper edition of November 19 with the caption "Opinion poll tips Oke to win" was aimed at misleading members of the public.
According to Adesanya, "It was fictitious as there was no opinion poll conducted anywhere in Ondo State as reported by the newspaper.
"It is not the true reflection of the wishes of Ondo State people, but the opinion of a few individuals who are promoters and financiers of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.
"It is unfortunate that the newspaper could be used for an unprofessional job.
"In any case, in the recent past, the newspaper's opinions have largely been incorrect and inconsistent with the reality and the wishes of the people.
"It is on records that the newspaper's opinion was that Hilary Clinton will defeat Donald Trump as the President of the United States of America.
"That Pastor Ize Iyamu will defeat Godwin Obaseki to become the Governor of Edo State and also that Dr Segun Abraham will emerge in the Ondo APC Party's primary held on September 3.
"None of these and many others came to reality. "We are not perturbed by whatever induced opinion written by a few hands that is portrayed as the Ondo State peoples' opinions.
"The fake and conjured media prediction is to satisfy ownership interest.
"It is the people of Ondo State that will decide who will be their next governor and not subjective opinion poll or prediction done in Lagos to justify the huge financial investment of some people," the statement added.