Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has advised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to be neutral, thorough and fair to all parties in the conduct of the September 10, Edo State governorship election.
This came as the state government said that every land owner in the state must henceforth show evidence of paying correct taxes to the government before they are granted permission to build on such.
The governor, who canvassed voters’ support for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Saturday, maintained that his party won’t tolerate inconclusive poll from Prof Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC.
While warning against pervertion of results of poll in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Fayose, described the PDP as the real and better change Nigerians needed, now that the shenanigans of the APC has been exposed.
The governor in a statement issued by his special assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, yesterday said, “Party sentiment apart, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has campaigned through the nooks and crannies of Edo State to sell his visions and missions to the people of the state and anyone who saw the Channels Television debate on Sunday will agree with me that Pastor Ize-Iyamu is better equipped for the governance of Edo State.”
He advised the people of Edo State to be extra vigilant before, during and after the election. He said, “The people should not just vote and go to sleep, they must make sure that their votes count and victory is ensured for Pastor Ize-Iyamu who is unarguably the best among the contenders.”
Describing the Edo State election as a litmus test for the APC led federal government, the governor said INEC must not repeat its story of inconclusiveness in the Edo State election, adding that APC led federal government; must ensure the poll is free, fair and conclusive. The governor declared that,“Edo people should also be assured that Nigerians are now looking for a more meaningful change that is better than the APC’s one chance change and Pastor Ize-Iyamu represents that meaningful change in Edo State.”