The Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has berated Governor Kayode Fayemi for appointing a dismissed Justice, Jide Aladejana, as the Chairman of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, saying the appointment has created a burden on the electoral body.
The party said the Governor’s action has shown that he has zero concern for morality in democratic tenet.
In a statement by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, the party queried how a dismissed judge in the State Judiciary could be made to head a sensitive body that is saddled with the conduct of local government election in the mist of many qualified Ekiti sons and daughters.
The party reminded Governor Fayemi that all attempts by the dismissed judge to overturn his dismissal was overruled by courts at different levels, hence he is not qualified to conduct elections for the local government where people of integrity will contest.
The PDP also pointed out that many of the members of the SIEC are card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying on this basis local government elections were stopped by the court during the first term of Fayemi when Soji Oloketuyi’s membership of SIEC then was proved to be inappropriate because he is a card carrying member of the ruling party, which he is till today, and also member of the electoral body.
The PDP said that it was unfortunately ridiculous that the Governor could assemble people who are constitutionally barred to conduct elections in the State, adding that he is deliberately erecting wall of disruption in the way of the election so that he could continue to pocket the allocations to the council in absence of democratically elected officers.
According to the party, Fayemi has realised that with the participation of PDP in the election, his party’s popularity would be put to question, hence his appointing people with constitutional burden in SIEC.
The PDP challenged the governor to explain to the people of the State why he has appointed a dismissed judge and card carrying members of the APC as members of SIEC against the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It added: “However we want to assure him that PDP will go into the election with all seriousness unlike the coward Party that decided to boycott the previous Local government elections in the State.”