From Adewumi Ademiju Ado Ekiti
Political thugs on Monday disrupted the meeting called by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police High Command to extract commitment from stakeholders on the peaceful conduct of the Ekiti State governorship election.
The meeting held at the Great Eagle Hall, Ikere, Ado Ekiti, the state capital went on smoothly until a People’s democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker alleged that the party members’ lives were under threat from the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) loyalists.
The stalemated event was attended by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdul Ganiy Raji, assured the electorates on the conduct of credible poll.
He said that INEC had embarked on aggressive voter education and training programme for positive change. He appealed to political parties to shun foul language and stressed that INEC had the resources to conduct the election.
Yakubu said that INEC is ready for the election and assured the people that their votes would count as “the power to choose the next governor lies in their hands.”
Idris said that security agents were fully prepared for the election as policemen would be supported by other security personnel during the exercise.
Towards the end of the meeting, a lawmaker in Ekiti State House of Assembly and the Chairman, Committee on Information, Hon. Samuel Omotoso, alleged the APC members were threatening PDP leaders.
Omotoso said that the assurance of INEC and security agents may not work because the APC was already celebrating its success before the election.
His comment thrown the venue into confusion as thugs took over the proceedings even in the presence of the notable personalities, monarchs and security agents.
The efforts of the security agents and traditional rulers to control the situation were futile as the meeting ended abruptly.
Reacting to the development, the Ekiti APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, said that ”the PDP is hunted by its past, afraid of defeat. The party knows what it did in 2014.”