Ekiti election: Stakeholders meeting with INEC Chairman, IGP ends in crisis.

July 10th, 2018

From Adewumi Ademiju, Ado Ekiti

It was a mild drama at the Great Eagle hall, Ikere road ,Ado Ekiti,  on Monday

as the  election stakeholders meeting with INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and IGP, Idris Abubakar, ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the State ended in crisis over a disagreement between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting which also had in attendance, five CPs from

Ekiti, Ondo, Edo, Kwara,  Anambra, as well as traditional rulers ,candidates of

political parties and  representatives of other security agencies was organized for the purpose of ensuring peaceful conduct of the election.

Trouble started during an interactive session, when a lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly and Chairman Committee on Information, Hon Samuel Omotoso, raised an objection that assurances of INEC and Security agents may be hampered by the

APC, accusing the party of already counting success before election.

Omotosho also alleged threat to his life and other PDP members by the APC..

The reaction generated some negative reactions as the gathering became

uncontrollable, despite the presence of the high personalities, monarchs and

security agents.

Reacting to the development the Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun said ”the PDP is being hunted by its past, afraid of defeat, ”the party knows what it did in 2014 and has hence resorted to violence”

The Ekiti Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Professor Abdul Ganiyu Raji, however reassured the electorates on credible poll.

He noted that INEC had embarked on aggressive voter education and training programme for positive exercise. He appealed to political parties to shun foul language and stressed that INEC has all the resources to effectively conduct the election.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, declared that all the election activities are in place, adding while assuring that the electorates votes would count as ‘the  power to choose the

next governor lies in the hand of the electorates”

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Idris Abubarkar, declared that the security agents are fully prepared for the election as policemen would be supported by other security agents like Prison Service, NSDC, DSS and others.

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