Youths Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, Africa a Non-Governmental Organisation on Monday insisted that announced result of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti was correct.
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A former governor of Ekiti, Chief Segun Oni, has congratulated the governor-elect of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, over his victory in Saturday’s governorship election.
The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has called for free, fair, credible and peaceful governorship election in Ekiti state.
The Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi has cautioned against the massive deployment of security personnel for the July 14 governorship Ekiti Poll to check voter apathy.
Officers and men of the Nigeria Police on Thursday vacated the gates to Ekiti State Government House they had occupied for two days, concerning the Ekiti Poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday afternoon began the distribution of sensitive materials ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial Ekiti Poll.
The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to restore the security details of Senator Dino Melaye without further delay, for the Ekiti Poll.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has called for a peaceful, credible and transparent governorship election in Ekiti poll on Saturday, July 14.
The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, has ordered the deployment of 19,997 personnel, Mobile Surveillance Vehicles and Sniffer Dogs for Saturday’s governorship Ekiti polls.
Placed side by side with his first opinion article on Ekiti State election published by the newspaper a week earlier, one cannot but wonder what has changed (within the space of a week) in Governor Fayemi’s personality, politics and record of achievements in office as well as the inter play of forces that marred the fairness of the election and, of course, its highly suspicious outcome? In taking it further, one may also ask what has changed in Ayobolu’s mindset, sense of value, judgement and decency
The Governor, who was responding to a question from a State House Correspondent at Lagos House, Marina who wanted to know if the All Progressives Congress was willing to learn lessons from the Ekiti election as being advanced by some commentators, said the supposed lessons from there raise frightening and disturbing dimensions to conduct of politics and questions on human behaviour
Kwande said that this forced many voters to thumbprint for the candidate of the PDP, Ayo Fayose, who eventually emerged the winner of the contest
Speaking on the conduct and outcome of the election, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, told reporters that the election was highly militarized and commercialized and cannot be said to be free and fair and its outcome credible, while the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, Senator Andy Uba, said the election was transparently and successfully conducted by INEC
He said: “INEC logistic shows improvement when compared with the Anambra, Kebbi, Sokoto, Cross River and Bayelsa governorship elections
During, the June 21st governorship election, findings from observers deployed across the 16 local government areas (LGAs) of the state showed a marked improvement by INEC in management of the electoral processes and the outcomes of the poll, this represented a significant shift away from the irregularities and logistical failings that have consistently characterised previous elections
The NSCD boss gave the warning on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti, during a one-day assessment visit to the command
He gave this assurance during a brief meeting with the Police Management Team on Friday, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja
“It is illegal for any of the gubernatorial candidates in the state to use vehicles with siren and tinted glasses without first obtaining permission from the state Police Command,” he said
Hawkins, who was accompanied by Michael Harvey, USAID Director for Nigeria; Rolf Olson of the Political/Economic Section of the US Consulate in Lagos; as well as Katrina Drayton, the Political Officer of the United States of America Consulate in Nigeria, paid tributes to Bamidele, commending his efforts towards uplifting democratic values in Nigeria and Ekiti State in particular