BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti
The Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, has advised the people of Ekiti State on the need to use the opportunity presented by the July 14, 2018 governorship poll to put in place a true, selfless and purposeful leadership in the state.
Bishop Ajakaye in his 2018 New Year Message also noted that some governorship aspirants in the state are violating electoral law by engaging in campaigns and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to call them to order.
The cleric charged Nigerians to put the failures of the past behind them and “retrace our steps and think, plan and act positively and meaningfully.”
Christening 2018 as, “Year of Encouragement” he said “in 2018, we are to learn from our different experiences in 2017. This is not the period for complaining perpetually. As hopeful people, we must keep encouraging ourselves.”
Speaking further on premature electioneering campaigns by some aspirants in the state, Bishop Ajakaye held that “according to the Electoral Law, it is not yet the time for campaigns,” but observed that, “realistically, most of the aspirants started their campaigns in 2017.”
He said their campaigns were, “noticeable in their promotions on both Radio and Television. Posters and billboards are strategically placed in different parts of the State, especially in Ado-Ekiti, the State Capital.
“In this regard, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must act promptly and call these people to order. There is need for sanity. The people who are violating the law should be prosecuted as a lesson for others.”
The cleric contended that the politicians, ahead of the poll had been wooing the citizenry of the state with what they referred to as, “empowerment”, saying “some of these so-called ‘messiahs’ even set up foundations” to woo the unsuspecting masses.
According to him, “I have also observed that it is when elections are approaching that different people will emerge as aspirants and many of them will introduce programmes and activities which they claim as empowering the unsuspecting masses.
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