Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has slammed the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, especially the police for their “roles” in the Edo and Rivers states’ elections.
Fayose, who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, also on Wednesday, inaugurated the Osoko Mass Movement in Ikere Ekiti to start registration of members in the state.
He said revelations coming from the Edo State Governorship Election Tribunal were a pointer to the open display of support for the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “We have seen the police and INEC going back and forth on the Rivers State rerun elections and I wish to ask the police; what happened to that suspect, Christian Chukwuemela Ekikeme, who reportedly confessed to the complicity of some APC top-shots in the murder of DSP Mohammed Alkali? Shouldn’t the police be more interested in bringing those who allegedly killed its officers to justice?
“Also, what has happened to that Yobe State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission established to have (allegedly) received the N15m bribe to rig the Yobe State election?”
The governor warned that any attempt to rig the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State would be resisted by the people.
Meanwhile, loyalists and supporters of Fayose, as well as members of the PDP have launched a political group ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state.
The Osoko Mass Movement was launched in Ikere Ekiti on Wednesday to start registration of members in the South Senatorial District.
The event was attended by members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, local government chairmen, political appointees and youths.
There are speculations that the movement might be an exit plan by the governor from the problem-laden PDP.
But the Director of Media and Publicity of the movement, who is also a member of the state assembly, Mr Adedayo Akinleye, said it was not.
He said, “We are telling the whole world that wherever Fayose goes anytime from now we will follow him en-mass.
“It is all about sustaining the Ayo Fayose legacy beyond 2018 and particularly to tell the whole world and in particular, Ekiti people, that wherever Fayose is going in 2018, we are going with him.
“Whoever Ayo Fayose and our people pick in 2018 for the governorship race, we will support.”
Akinleye said the court case rocking the leadership of the PDP in Ekiti could not in any way affect the party’s chances of winning the governorship election in 2018 “because many of us who are part of this movement are lovers of Fayose and we cut across political parties in the state.
“We just love Fayose and want a continuation of his legacy in the state. That is why wherever Fayose goes, we are following him, if Fayose leaves the PDP today, we will follow him.” (Punchng.com)