THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday, October 6, 2017, charged the federal government (FG) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair election ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in 2018.
Fayose express his confidence that the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge as the winner of the pool.
According to report, Fayose urged the Federal Government and INEC to conduct a free and fair election such as the 2014 election which was rated high by the local and international observers.
He made this statement in reaction to the announcement by INEC that the state gubernatorial election had been fixed to hold on July 14, 2018.
The governor said:
‘We are happy, prepared and expectant of the date for the election and it has come. I only want to appeal to INEC to live to the expectation of Nigerians by conducting a poll that is not manipulated. It must be credible, free and fair. The one we had in 2014 was rated high by local and international observers.
‘In fact, the United States Government commended it and said it should be a benchmark for other elections in the country. I am aware of plans being hatched by some failed politicians that they would use INEC and federal might to take over Ekiti.
‘We are on ground and nobody can use any foul means to take over Ekiti State. If they have been doing that elsewhere, it won’t work here. We are on ground and we want to let them know that we will resist any attempt to manipulate anything here
‘Already, part of their plans is to cripple the state financially and they have started that by the illegal arrest and detention of our people, but the power of the people will prevail in the end.
‘They are also planning to begin electronic transfer of election results with Ekiti State. No one can use us as a guinea pig for one useless experiment. The voters and the people of the state must decide who they want to govern them.’
When asked whether he feels his party might loose the election, he claimed if the election was held today, his party and candidate would win hands down.
He also said:
‘I am the voice of the opposition in Nigeria and nobody can muzzle me. We cannot all head in the same direction. We need a virile opposition for our country to reap good and great dividends of democracy.
‘Some All Progressives Congress leaders are boasting that they had input in the appointments of some INEC top shots, who would do their bidding, but that won’t work. The choice of the people and their voice must prevail and be heard.’