Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche, Ere-ebi AGEDAH_IMISI

Ekiti poll: APC sets sight on Osun · PDP kicks · Buhari, Obj hail Fayemi · INEC yet to upload result on web

Barely 24 hours after the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, was declared winner over his main rival, Prof. Olushola Eleka, The Abuja Inquirer gathered that the party’s gaze has now being turned to Osun state.

Osun state is expected to hold its election on September 22, 2018 according to the timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

A party chieftain told one of our correspondents that the party’s National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, is intent on winning all the states for the APC, and ‘it was not time to celebrate as much work still needs to be done.”

In a message shortly after the result was announced, President Muhammadu Buhari said Ekiti people had spoken loud and clear.

In the statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, Buhari described Saturday’s election as “hard fought”, adding, “In all this, the people of Ekiti State have spoken loud and clear, and democracy has won again.”

Buhari urged Fayemi and APC members to be magnanimous in victory as the incoming administration prepares to unfold a new lease of life for the people of Ekiti State through purposeful and responsible governance.

He called on the losers to be gallant in conceding defeat and to use constitutional means to settle whatever grievances they may have rather than resort to self-help.

Similarly, President Olusegun Obasanjo congratulated Fayemi on his victory.

“Indeed, your success at the polls after a hard fought campaign is proof that the people of Ekiti State value your leadership and appreciate the efforts you have made thus far on their behalf,” Obasanjo said in the letter dated July 15. “I salute you and all those who worked for your re-election.”

He added, “You will agree with me, no doubt, that the outcome of the election broadly reflects the choice of your people, who have, by their conduct, visibly demonstrated that they cherish you and will do their utmost to make you succeed.

“I urge you, therefore, to reciprocate their trust by doing everything you can to strengthen their faith in democracy and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery to them.”

However, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the result of the election, describing it as a clear electoral banditry.

At a press conference, Sunday, in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “This electoral banditry cannot stand and the PDP is already collating results and evidences and will make known the next step towards reclaiming our mandate in Ekiti state.”

Ologbondiyan said that it has details of results at polling units where its candidate won the election and also evidences of how its accredited agents were chased away by security agents in order to substitute results with falsified ones.

The party accused the APC of colluding with security agents and officials of the INEC to manipulate election results to favour the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi.

Despite its promise to fully deploy electronic transfer of results in Ekit, the electoral commission was not only unable to do, but has failed to upload the result on its website more than 24 hours after.

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had promised when he visited the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, recently, that “We are planning for full deployment (of electronic and manual transmission) this year in governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun. Thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general elections.”

 

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