War of Words Over Forthcoming Ekiti Poll
Nigeria News takes a look at the forthcoming election in Ekiti State and the raging war of words.
The July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State has been generating a war of words among the contesting political parties. The election will be exciting because it will afford the All Progressives Congress, APC to test his federal might and popularity in Ekiti State.
It is also one election to disprove the acceptance of the incumbent Governor Ayodele Fayose in the state. The governor has ensured the election of his deputy, Professor Olusola Eleka as the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate as against the former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye at the last primaries.
No fewer than 40 candidates will be contesting for the state governorship seat, including the APC candidate, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Four years ago, Fayemi was beaten in all 14 local governments in Ekiti state by Fayose in an election that was allegedly rigged.
There have been various confessional statements that the former President Goodluck Jonathan led Federal Government allegedly used the military to perpetrate the electoral fraud that eventually produced Governor Fayose.
As a matter of fact, the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro who supervised the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti had come out to say that the poll was actually rigged.
Obanikoro has since defected to APC and may be running for the senatorial seat from Lagos Central. Now, Fayemi is having the backing of the federal might with a revenge mission in Ekiti.
Speaking after the victory of Fayemi at the APC primaries, Fayose said that the former governor’s victory whom he defeated in 2014 had made his job easier.
He said that if he could win all the 14 local governments while not a governor in 2014, it would be an easy task for Eleka to defeat Fayemi with the higher figure.
However, the governor warned that the people of Ekiti would resist any attempt by the federal power to rig the election as he posited that the PDP would again win in all the 14 local governments.
The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus also spit fire, saying that any attempt by APC to rig in Ekiti will lead to serious resistance by the electorate.
Secondus said that Nigeria might go into extinction if the APC tried to influence the Ekiti poll on July 14.
At a meeting Muhammadu Buhari had with APC Southwest leaders in Abuja, the president urged all the aspirants in Ekiti state to cooperate with the candidate, Fayemi to ensure that APC defeat PDP.
The president said that the 2014 election won by Fayose was marred by hanky-panky, saying that such should not repeat itself on July 14.
He also told the leaders to appeal to aggrieved members of the party to rally round Fayemi for a victory in Ekiti State.
It would be recalled that one of the aspirants, the former Deputy National Chairman, Southwest, Dr Segun Oni had threatened to leave APC because his supporters were not well received into the APC family by Fayemi group after the primaries.
“It should not be a winner takes all as being observed at present,” Oni stated.