A governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Senator Ayodele Arise on Tuesday said the party will get over the current crisis rocking it and win the July 14 governorship poll in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the APC Chieftain said it was not true that hoodlums hijacked the process, but it was brought to a halt by aspirants agents and party members when irregularities and electoral malfeasance was noticed.
Arise expressed the optimism that the current crisis rocking the party, not withstanding, APC would still be victorious in the July 14 governorship election.
He also called on the national leadership of the party to expedite action on resolving the crisis that followed last Saturday governorship primary, by ensuring that those culpable are sanctioned appropriately.
Arise said, “We have competitions in the incumbent Governor that we want to remove and which I believe by the special grace of God, we would remove him.’’
He said the party is determined more than ever to rout the governor Ayodele Fayose led People’s Democratic Party in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
Arise, who represented Ekiti North at the Senate between 2007-2011 described the May 5, botched governorship primary election as “unfortunate and total embarrassment” adding that the party is conducting investigation and following up on what led to the disruption and would apportion appropriate sanction on those responsible for the fiasco.
“I don’t think that those who participated can really be described as hoodlums, I think they were agents and party members, so I believe there are some irregularities that they noticed and that led to what we all saw as the effect of the outcome that were noticed and with some evidences that we have seen
“What happened was a shame because those who were supposed to conduct a free and fair election couldn’t do it, some people were allowed to be exchanging cards, money and promissory notes where being given for collection of cash after voting while the election was going on and I believe this is the immediate cause of the reactions that we have all seen that has put us in Ekiti in a very bad light.
“But I want to say that if such anomalies continue, it is very likely that we would still be getting the same result. We have asked for a free and fair election and that is the minimum that we expect from the party and that is the minimum that we would accept as the final outcome.
“We want a free and fair election, we do not want anybody throwing money around while election has started under any disguise, it is a total aberration, it is against the electoral law, anybody that is found culpable should excuse from this process.’’
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