Ekiti Election: INEC, Stakeholders Hold Strategic Meeting

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•Oshiomhole assures of APC victory

BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado Ekiti•

As part of the activities put in place to ensure that the Saturday 14th July, 2018 gubernatorial election goes well, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a stakeholders meeting.

The Stakeholders meeting, which had in attendance the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Inspector General of Police, Idris Garba and the Commissioners of Police from Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Kwara and Anambra States as well as the Traditional rulers, candidates of political parties and representatives of other security agents was organised for peaceful conduct of the election.

The Ekiti resident electoral Commissioner Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Raji had already assured the electorates on a credible poll.

He noted that INEC had embarked on aggressive voters education and training programme for positive exercise, and warned political parties against using hate speeches while stressing that INEC has all the resources to effectively conduct the election.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu declared that ‘Ekiti is ready for election, adding that the electorate’s votes would count as ‘the power to choose the next governor lies in their (the electorates”) hand.

Following the complaints of people from various quarters of the state about inability to have their PVC collected, Mahmood declared the extension of the collection, which has ended last Sunday, will continue till Wednesday 11th July, 2018.

He used the occasion to appeal to every eligible voter to visit the INEC office in each of the Local Government Areas of the state to collect his/her PVC.

The Inspector General of Police declared that the security agents are fully prepared for the election as policemen would be supported by other security agents like prison service, NSDC, DSS and others.

Towards the end of the meeting during an interactive session, a lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly and the Chairman Committee on Information, Hon Samuel Omotoso raised an objection, alleging that the assurance of INEC and Security agents may be hampered by the APC because the party is already counting success before election.

Omotosho alleged threat to his life and other PDP members by the APC.

The reaction generated hullabaloo at the event as the gathering became uncontrollable, despite the presence of the high personalities, monarchs and security agents.

The efforts of security agents and traditional rulers to control the situation was futile as the meeting ended abruptly.

Reacting to the development, the Ekiti APC publicity Secretary-Taiwo Olatunbosun said ”the PDP is being hunted by its past, afraid of defeat, ”the party knows what it did in 2014.”

This according to Olatunbosun makes PDP resort to violence, as he expressed confidence of electoral success for APC on the Saturday election.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has assured the people of the state that the election will be one man, one vote, while assuring that people’s votes will count.

The Edo State former governor made this known on Monday in Ado-Ekiti shortly after his arrival in the state capital while speaking with the labour movement to support Dr Kayode Fayemi in the Saturday governorship election.

Accusing Fayose of behaving like an armed robber who is always afraid of the same treatment meted on his victim, he said the governor was afraid that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government would behave like President Goodluck Jonathan that sent soldiers to forcefully defeat Fayemi in the 2014 election.

He said all Nigerians were aware of the electoral heist that brought Fayose to power, citing the use of the military and money allegedly stolen from the office of the National Security Adviser to rig the election in favour of Fayose.

He said Fayemi’s election had been made easy because of the serious mess into which Fayose had put Ekiti State.

Assuring that the votes of Ekiti people would count, he said if PDP were in the position of APC today, the chairman of PDP would have sat somewhere writing the results of the election that has not been held instead of campaigning like he was doing in Ekiti State.

Fayemi thanked labour leaders for attending the interactive session. He spoke of his goodies to workers during his first term, which include regular payment of salary, increase in salary three times in four years, among others, promising to do better if he wins the election.

The representative of the Labour movement, who is a former NLC Chairman in the state, Ayodeji Ajayi, thanked Oshiomhole and Fayemi for the interactive session which has afforded them the opportunity to have better understanding.

He said Ekiti deserves the best and voters would go to poll on Saturday to vote in the best candidate who would allay the hardships being experienced Ekiti people.

 

 




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