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Anxiety In Ekiti, As Party Members Disrupt INEC Stakeholders’ Meeting



The stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of governorship election billed for Saturday in Ekiti State yesterday ended abruptly, as opposing political party supporters engaged in a show of strength, plunging the people into a state of anxiety.

LEADERSHIP observed that despite the fact that the meeting held at the Eagles event Centre in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State had the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and INEC National Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu in attendance it was disrupted and it ended abruptly.

The partly, that also had the governorship candidates of all 35 political parties billed to contest in the poll, ended in uproar as members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) threw jibes at each other.

The meeting with started with Idris and Yakubu  taking turns to address the gathering ended in abruptly following the observations raised by a representative of the PDP  and a serving  member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Samuel Omotoso, that the candidate of the APC and ex-Governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi had allegedly  been bragging that he would be declared winner whether he loses the election or not.

Omotoso also raised observations about how he and his family were allegedly shot by security agencies during APC rally in his community at Oloje town in Oye local government area of the state, querying why some security agencies have been exhibiting partisanship in the countdown to the election.

This ruffled APC members who were present and became uncomfortable with the consistent mentioning of Fayemi’s name as they raised their voices to shout him down.

Efforts by the INEC chief, Inspector General of Police and the Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju to calm the people down the rampaging party members down did not yield positive result.

At that point, dignitaries at the event started leaving the hall and the parley came to an abrupt end without where stakeholders will ask questions and authorities concerned will give relevant answers.

Meantime in his address, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said Ekiti people will be the one to decide who succeeds governor Ayodele Fayose come July 16, 3018. 

“The choice of who becomes the next governor of the state is entirely in the hands of Ekiti electorate and nobody else. The votes of Ekiti people will count in the election. INEC will not take any action to the advantage or disadvantage of any candidate”.