LG Elections Hold In Ekiti Without APC
Election into the 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti State holds today (Saturday).
Five political parties will be participating in the elections targeted at electing new chairmen and councilors to pilot the affairs of the third tier for the next two years.
The electorate will elect 16 chairmen and 177 councilors for the councillorship seats across the state.
The two-year tenure of the present occupants of the position came to an end on December 22, having assumed office on December 22, 2015.
The parties that would participate in the election are the ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Action Democratic Party(ADP), Peoples Party of Nigeria(PPN), Social Democratic Party(SDP) and Peoples Democratic Action(PDA).
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has directed its members to stay at home and remain calm, saying the election could never be free
The party alleged that the Ekiti State Electoral Commission(EKSIEC) officials were card carrying members of the PDP.
The APC in a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun said it is boycotting the election because of what it described as a “misnomer, undemocratic and compromised election from the beginning”.
Olatunbosun explained: “The compromised SIEC is composed of members who are card-carrying members of the PDP with a mandate to endorse and implement the decisions and directives of Governor Ayodele Fayose and his party.
“No democratic institution or political party worth its salt will waste its resources and time to participate in a compromised election and under a lawless administration as exemplified by Fayose.
The Chairman of EKSIEC, Justice Kayode Bamisile has , however, assured the Ekiti people that the exercise would be free and fair.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday, Bamisile, a former Chief Judge of the state, said those who have clocked the age of 18 and had registered with INEC and had already gotten the permanent voter cards will be allowed to vote.
“We want to charge our people to troop out in large numbers to cast their votes. There will be early distribution of materials to all the 2, 195 polling units for the elections to commence in due course. “
“We also want to assure our people that there won’t be manipulations, the elections will be free and fair and it will be conducted under a violence-free atmosphere”, he stated.
The government had already announced restriction of movements from 7:00am to 2:00pm.