The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election in Ekiti State, Olusola Kolapo-Eleka has cast his vote in his polling unit despite some hitches over the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) card reader to recognise his voter card.
This is just after Dr Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) cast his vote at his polling unit.
The former governor of the state and minister of solid mineral arrived at the Polling Unit at 10:35am and left at exactly 10:42am. He came along side with his wife and friends.
Before he finally voted with the intervention of INEC official, Prof. Eleka told journalists at his Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti, that he was the only person affected in the unit.
He had arrived there the polling unit to vote but the card reader failed to recognise his card.
“This is a situation where I as a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP cannot cast my vote because the card reader could not recognize my PVC,” the PDP candidate said.
“Interestingly, it appears that I am the only one that is affected after so many people have been accredited and cast their votes.”
Eleka, who is also the deputy governor of the state, added that his card had no issues and as such wondered why he would be disenfranchised.
“They were asking whether the card is bent or defaced but everybody can see that my card is straight. Whatever must have happened, I do not know. The REC should be able to come out with a solution to this.”
The Ekiti governorship election is ongoing in the 16 local governments of the state.