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Ekiti guber magic cant happen in Osun, Adeleke insists  (21/07/2014) 2015: SEast APC moves to save Okorocha  (20/07/2014)
Polls: Militarisation ensured huge turnout of voters in Ekiti Minister  (20/07/2014) Ekiti LG creation: Low turnout, apathy mar referendum PDP blames insincerity of exercise for poor  (20/07/2014)
Impeachment: APC fights back Plans to retaliate in Ekiti, Osun, if...  (20/07/2014) Ekiti: Litigation will be vextatious  (20/07/2014)
Local councils creation: Ekiti conducts referendum  (20/07/2014) Harmonise factions in APC, NEC urged  (20/07/2014)
Ekiti holds referendum on new LCDAs  (20/07/2014) Low turnout at referendum on new Ekiti councils  (20/07/2014)

Ekiti guber magic cant happen in Osun, Adeleke insists   Back To Top

From: Daily Sun      Published on: Monday, July 21, 2014

First civilaian governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke has restated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) victory in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti can never be repeated in Osun State. He admitted; we were caught unawares.

In an interview with Daily Sun at his Ede countryhome, Adeleke blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the outcome of the election, wondering why the INEC boss, Professor Attahiru Jega had not come out to explain to the public why he did not keep to his word concerning the modality of the election.

His words: No, it (Ekiti PDP victory) cannot happen here. We were caught unawares. Now, I will blame INEC too for that. Yes, because prior to the election, Professor Jega came on television that there was going to be coloured, coded ballot papers for each of the Local Governments. But on the election day, reverse was the case. The ballot papers used were not coloured coded. They were all the same. Up till now, he has not come out to tell us why. If he has conscience as a Muslim, and in the spirit of this holy month of Ramadan, he must come out to tell us exactly what happened in Ekiti State.

Speaking further, the concerned Senator and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) assured that, every step is being taken to prevent what happened in Ekiti State., pointing out that,even the United Nation (UN) has come out to say that the processes towards the Ekiti election were flawed.

He reminded that, they (security agencies) allowed some Ministers into Ekiti while they debarred governors that were not of the PDP from entering Ekiti, which is wrong, adding that, the militarization of Ekiti with 36, 000 strong team of Police and Soldiers, for Gods sake, was clear intimidation, disclosing that, then, very early in the morning of the election, many people were disenfranchised as they were picked up, arrested.

He regretted that, everybody that was arrested was of the APC while none was picked up from the PDP, complaining that, now, after the election, they were released with no charges and we must resist that.

According to him,the PDP governorship candidate for the election, Senator Iyiola Omisore cannot win election except in Ife east and central, probably, in a free and fair contest, declaring that people are aware of this in Ede, adding, I cannot see how picking a deputy governorship candidate from my constituency can affect the outcome of that election.

Hear him further, Adeleke asserted that, ever since I crossed over from the PPD to APC, what I have seen and what I have heard from my Federal Constituency, I am convinced more than ever before that if this election comes tomorrow, and it is free, fair and credible, APC will win about 80 percent of the total votes.

Now, again, all the elections held in Ede are largely dependent on Asiwaju Isiaka Adeleke, that is me. The deputy governorship candidate of the PDP, Hon Adejare Bello, has never won any election with his name.

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2015: SEast APC moves to save Okorocha   Back To Top

From: Daily Independent      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

By Ben Duru, (Umuahia), Okey Maduforo (Enugu) and Vincent Anolu (Owerri)

Apparently unsettled by the shocking loss of its gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun to perfect plans to ensure that it does not meet similar fate in Imo State where its candidate and incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, is angling for a second term in office.

Although Okorochas team has said there is no cause for alarm, controllers of the partys machineries in the zone are not leaving anything to chance.

Sunday Independent gathered that the partys South East chapter has begun to study the Ekiti situation, with emphasis on events that transpired before, during and after the elections.

To avert what has become known as the Ekiti charade and provoke other strategies to ensure Okorocha is returned in 2015, the zones chapter of the party has began a wide consultation with its other leaders in South West, South South and other parts of the country.

This consultation, Sunday Independent gathered, has been championed by the chairmen of APC in the five South Eastern states.

Back in Imo, the party chieftains, who have been involved in regular and nocturnal meetings since the Ekiti shocker, have also commenced aggressive grassroots sensitisation and public enlightenment on the giant strides of Okorocha.

Also, the party has fashioned its regular zonal/ward meeting to strengthen the party at the grassroots through effective reconciliation of aggrieved members and to dissuade members itching to abandon the idea as well as woo back those who had deserted the party for sundry reasons.

To ensure that the partys renewed membership drive yields the expected result, the party, it was learnt, has come up with mouth watering incentives for zonal and ward chairmen whose areas of jurisdiction record an explosion of members.

The APC hierarchy in the state has also been extending hands of fellowship to major opinion moulders, social commentators and opinion analysts with the capacity to positively influence and redirect public perception of the party as one that has the interest of the Igbo at heart, as against the impression that it is northern Muslims party.

In another move aimed at making the best of its members in the 2015 political elections, the partys bigwigs have reportedly prevailed on Okorocha to bring back former executive members who were relieved of their appointments following a cabinet reshuffle.

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Polls: Militarisation ensured huge turnout of voters in Ekiti Minister   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Taiwo Adisa -Abuja

Minister of state for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye has said that the decision of the federal Government to deploy soldiers in Ekiti state during the June 21 governorship election was responsible for huge turn out of voters during the election.

Adeyeye, who stated this against the backdrop of protests against deployment of soldiers by the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) said that it was ridiculous for any party to head to the courts to contest the constitutional powers of the President.

The Minister, who spoke at a reception in his honors by the Egbe Omoluabi, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political Organisation, headed by former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, said that the Federal Government should ignore any protest against the deployment of soldiers to ensure peace in Osun state.

Contrary to claims by the opposition, the decision of the government to deploy soldiers ensured a huge turn out of voters in Ekiti election because people were assured of their safety. The soldiers did not interfere with the election process in any way., the Minister said.

He insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) was peopled by the Omoluabi in Yoruba land, adding that the party was on the path to flushing the APC from the South West.

In Ekiti, we took a strategic decision that led to a win, win situation. Today we have a governor-elect and I am here as Minister. We will continue to pray for our Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose to succeed beyond the expectations of the people, he said.

The Minister thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for finding him worthy for the appointment adding that he needed the prayers of all to succeed in his assignment.

He also stated that his appointment was divinely ordered, adding that seven years ago, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had ordered his name replaced on the Ministerial list for no reason at all.

One thing I want to say is that my appointment is divine. Seven years ago, I was nominated as Minister, a day before I would appear in the senate, former President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered my name withdrawn. My name was withdrawn on July 9 and as Hod would have it I was sworn in by Oresident Goodluck Jonathan on July 9. 2014, exactly seven years after. I dont know how God did it, he said.

Those at the reception included former governor Daniel, former Speaker of the Jouse of Representatives, Hon Dimeji Bankole, Senator Gnbemi Saraki, former Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Dr. muyiwa Oladimeji, Senator Ayo Arise, governorship aspirant in Ogun state, Mr. Shona Kawoniss, founding member of TELL Magazine, Mr. dare Babarinsa among others.

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Ekiti LG creation: Low turnout, apathy mar referendum PDP blames insincerity of exercise for poor   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sam Nwaoko -Ado Ekiti

Low turnout of people and outright boycott by some communities in Ekiti State were the order of the day on Saturday as the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) went ahead with the conduct of a referendum as part of the processes for the creation of 18 additional Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

There has been controversy over the plan by the government of Dr Kayode Fayemi to create the LCDAs as some communities in the state are at daggers-drawn over the location of headquarters of local governments while the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had also gone to court to challenge the creation of the councils, contending that the action was unconstitutional and that the SIEC was illegal.

In Ado Ekiti, the state capital, there was palpable apathy to the exercise just as only a handful of people came out in Ikere, another major town in the state.

For instance, in Ado Ward 11, where at least people from 15 polling units were expected to vote, only 118 people came out.

The Supervisor, Mr. Akinluyi Alabi, told newsmen who witnessed the exercise at St Thomas Primary School, Irona, that it was peaceful.

At St Georges Primary School, Matthew Street, only 66 voted in the exercise.

Commenting on the exercise, the SIEC Chairman, Mrs Cecilia Adelusi, confirmed that there was no voting in Ilasa, Osi and Igbole communities as the people blocked the roads and prevented the exercise from holding.

Adelusi said her attempt to enter Osi in the current Ido/Osi Local Government Area and Igbole, also in the council area to monitor the exercise, was aborted by the people who did not allow her vehicle to enter the towns.

Apart from the areas mentioned by the SIEC boss, the exercise did not hold also in Afao, Are, Iworoko all in Irepodun/ Ifelodun Local Government Area just as the exercise did not hold in Ire (Oye Local Government), Agbado in Gboyin Local Government Area and Ijero, among others.

In Ijero, the traditional ruler, Oba Adebayo Adewole, in a public announcement, said the people were not pleased with the governments action, saying his people demanded for Ijero North and South local governments.

The same scenario happened in Erinmope, where the people said they were opposed to the exercise due to the location of the council headquarters in Igogo-Ekiti.

However, the exercise recorded an appreciable turnout of people in Iyin and Igbemo both in Irepodun/ Ifelodun Local Government Area.

In Ikere-Ekiti, the Commissioner for Integration, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Funminiyi Afuye, said the issue was beyond politics.

According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that is opposed to the referendum, needed not to support it.

Meanwhile, the PDP, in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, blamed the poor turnout of people on the insincerity of the outgoing government.

He said that most of the supposed beneficial communities knew abnitio that the whole process of creating the LCDAs was shrouded in controversy as a result of the contentious constitutional validity of the exercise.

Apart from this, Oluwawole stressed that the people decided not to participate because they discovered that the creation of the LCDAs in the twilight of the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was roundly defeated in last months governorship election in the state was a vengeful mission to set one community against the other for not voting for him.

The PDP spokesman also said the attitude of the Ekiti people could be linked to the utterances of some notable members of the APC that Fayemi should use all power at his disposal to set political landmines for the incoming PDP government of Mr Ayo Fayose.

According to him some also distanced themselves from the whole exercise due to fear of molestation and possible attacks by thugs who were brought to Ekiti State by the leadership of the APC to boost security for the EKSIEC and attack members of any opposition party or community.

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Impeachment: APC fights back Plans to retaliate in Ekiti, Osun, if...   Back To Top

From: Nigerian Tribune      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Taiwo Adisa, Ademola Adegbite, Sam Nwaoko and Stephen Gbadamosi

LEADERS of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have resolved to battle the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over ongoing moves to impeach the governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, as well as last weeks impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State.

The opposition party had alleged highhandedness on the part of the Presidency and the PDP, while its leaders were said to have decided on a three-way approach towards staving off impeachment against their governors.

Sources said the party had resolved to employ public sympathy against impeachment moves on Governor Al-Makura, while at the same time embark on lobby of principal PDP stakeholders. It would also mobilise media opinion against the planned impeachment.

It was gathered that the APC blamed the success of the impeachment plot in Adamawa State on Governor Nyako who was said to have failed to employ any of the stated measures.

Carrot and stick treatment for PDP
A source described the plan by the APC as a carrot and stick approach, which would see some key stakeholders attacking the PDP, while others would be reaching out to leaders of the same ruling party for soft landing.

We cannot afford to lie low with the PDP. The plot is to paint the impeachment moves as coming from Jonathan and then secure public sympathy in favour of our party. Other than that, some strategic leaders are being asked to also reach out to leaders of the PDP to plead with them not to heat up the polity and allow the governors to stay, a source close to the party said.

Ekiti, Osun, Sokoto targets of retaliation
But the source further said that the APC was not completely incapacitated in the unfolding drama as it would soon direct its governors to also target PDP interests.

Said a source; the PDP is vulnerable in some states. They are vulnerable in Sokoto, where the deputy governor is hanging on just by the goodwill of APC lawmakers. We also have the situation in Ekiti, where we have 24 members in the House of Assembly compared to one member of the PDP. If they continue to impeach our governors, Ayo Fayose will not last one day in Ekiti.

The source also said that the situation in Osun State was not different, adding that a PDP governor would be given the impeachment treatment, even if the party wins the August 9 election.

In Sokoto State, the deputy governor, Mukhtar Shagari, has remained in the PDP, despite the defection of Governor Aliyu Wamakko and a majority of House of Assembly members to the APC.

It was gathered that the leadership of the APC has decided to renew the order given their governors to remove any recalcitrant deputy governor to pave way for easy victory of the party in the 2015 succession war.

The APC had, in the wake of the defection of five PDP governors to its fold in November 2013, asked its governors to firm up control of their states ahead of the succession battles, while ensuring that any deputy governor that refuses to join his governor in the defection train should be removed.

Maku warns trouble makers in Nasarawa
Meanwhile, Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, warned the APC to stop unnecessary protests over the purported impeachment of Al-Makura, saying such protests might spark off violence which might consume the entire state.

He gave this warning on Saturday, while delivering his speech at the foundation-laying ceremony of Eggon House at Nasarawa-Eggon Primary school, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

Maku, who lamented that the issue had not gone to the level of mass protests and destruction of properties, therefore, cautioned APC leaders to call their subordinates to order so as not to throw the state into anarchy, adding that if PDP should embark on protest too, the state might be on fire.

The minister then encouraged members of the state House of Assembly over the purported gross misconduct leveled against the governor, adding that due process ought to be followed, and that they ought to follow it to a logical conclusion.

Ekiti APC braces up for opposition role
In another development, the interim chairman of the APC in Ekiti State, Chief Olajide Awe, has hinted that the party would give the incoming PDP government in the state a run for its money. Speaking on how his party would provide opposition to the PDP, Awe told Sunday Tribune that his party had already laid down a foundation for successive governments in the state, saying it would monitor to ensure that that standard is built upon.

Chief Awe, who spoke in a telephone interview, said the APC would not envisage anything lower than the standard already set by his party, saying the dramatis personae in government or governance should set a standard.

He dded that whoever is coming is expected to be a person of the 21st Century and who must be able to come before the people with a vision and a plan to improve on the standard set and also improve the Ekiti people.

Weve not gone to the cocoon and fold our hands. Weve gone back to the drawing board to see what went wrong. However, we are not going to just leave the space for those who are not prepared.

We are ready for APC members in Assembly Ekiti PDP
But the chairman of the PDP in the State, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, also reacted to the threats of the APC, particularly concerning handling the new oppositions majority representation in the state House of Assembly, when his party forms government in October.

We are in tune with the people of the state including members of the Assembly, he said.

Ogundipe told Sunday Tribune that nobody in the Assembly is from another state and their families are from Ekiti and they all voted for Ayo Fayose, pointing out that the overwhelming result of the election shows that the people of the state are for PDP and they would not want their representatives in the Assembly to go against their wish.

The PDP chairman, who also spoke on the telephone, said members of the House of Assembly are representing the people and the people who sent them to the House to represent them will not fold their arms and watch their representatives do what they have not asked them to do.

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Ekiti: Litigation will be vextatious   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

by Mike Ikhariale

Ekiti State is abundantly blessed with men of considerable intellect and personal achievements. One of such proud sons of the soil is Mr. Femi Falana, SAN. Quite in line with his reputation for saying it as it is, he, in a highly publicised statement last week advised the people of Ekiti State not to allow themselves to be dragged into a potentially fruitless legal tussle in the hope of reclaiming a lost election. Falana has stayed long enough in the trenches to know when not to strike.

As shocking as the outcome of the last governorship election in Ekiti was, it has to be said that it remains the prerogative of the electorate to vote as they liked. If truly sovereignty belongs to the people, it would then be contemptuous for anyone or a political party, for that matter, to want to challenge a decision emphatically expressed via the ballot.

Even though the Electoral Act and, indeed, the Constitution prescribe that anyone who has a case of a breach of his legal rights in the course of the exercise of his civil rights and obligations including, in this case, electoral rights, can go to court for redress, it is however trite logic and law that when such harm is as a result of the exercise of sovereign power or political prerogative, courts of law are naturally reluctant to assume jurisdiction because it is considered to be within the scope of political questions that are traditionally not amenable to judicial scrutiny. Unfortunately in Nigeria, post-election disputations have become a way of life.

Apart from the ancillary complaints that some governors and other top party functionaries from outside the state were unduly prevented from entering Ekiti during theperiod, it is hard to fault the actual voting processes which gave birth to the unpalatable result. I have in a previous edition tried to rationalise the development in a piece entitled Ekiti: A vote for Rice and Akara Constitutionalism where I argued that in the final analysis, the electorate reserves the right to vote for the least competent of the candidates in contention, citing the celebrated case of Al Gore and George Bush where a candidate who did so badly in all the debates preceding the election got the nod of the voters.

I was residing in the US then and I couldnt understand why Americans would prefer a clearly less endowed Bush over Al Gore for the simple reason that Bush was considered a practical man while Al Gore, a sitting vice-president, was adjudged arrogant and elitist. Well, Bushs subsequent performance in office culminating in costly avoidable wars and a ruined economy as well as Americas degraded global image sufficiently put paid to those concerns. Whether or not the people of Ekiti have in consequence regressed into Egypt by their enthusiastic embrace of Fayose and the PDP as feared by Falana remains to be seen.

What we cannot however deny at the moment is that the victory of Fayose, by whatever means obtained, is a huge mandate which no court worth its name would want to truncate for reasons we have already outlined; political question doctrine under which law courts habitually avoid cases that would bring them into direct conflict with issues that lie squarely within the political arena which in this case is the preference of the voters.

It is therefore not advisable to resort to meaningless litigation as the APC National Working Committee has hinted last week. To the extent that Governor Fayemi, the person who contested the election and lost has already openly and unambiguously conceded defeat in a rare demonstration of political civility and commitment to the advancement of political decency, it would be nothing but a vexatious process engineered by obvious busybody instinct to want to approach the court for a review. Short of outright confession under oath by Fayose and the PDP that they rigged the election by whatever means possible, I do not see how evidence could be adduced to contradict what everybody saw during that election.

Something tells me that given the way Gov. Fayemi handled the outcomes of the election, and the courageous precedent he set in congratulating the victorious opponent, his stay out of government would not be long. I foresee a situation where the same Ekiti people will once again beg him to return to office and complete the good work he started but which they didnt understand due to his unusual fineness and commitment to unusual doctrines of good governance in no distant future. What is more, Fayemi is still very young, politically speaking.

The leadership of the APC, rather than crying over the proverbial spilled milk, should immediately go back to the drawing board and try to find out why, in spite of the apparent superiority of their political programme and the personal qualities of their candidate, the result still went the way it did.

They should carefully re-examine the fact that too many outsiders became more interested in the election than the Ekiti people themselves thereby giving an impression of an invasion and a hint at imperialism that prompted a united reaction just to ward off outsiders. These are theories that should be closely re-examined with a view to avoiding similar fates in the future. The court is obviously the wrong place to go in the circumstance unless there is scheme to enrich some mercenary SANs.

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Local councils creation: Ekiti conducts referendum   Back To Top

From: Punch      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

by Kamarudeen Ogundele

The people of Ekiti on Saturday voted in a referendum for the creation for local council development areas proposed by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The Chairman of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission, Mrs. Cecilia Adelusi, who confirmed that voting did not take place in three towns, however, described the exercise as a huge success.

Our correspondent who monitored the exercise observed that the referendum was peaceful.

Early results indicated that at St. Thomas Primary School, Irona, 139 were accredited of which 118 voted yes.

At St. Michaels Nursery and Primary School, 60 of the 66 persons accredited voted yes. There was no negative.

Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti after the exercise, Adelusi disclosed that she was barred from entering Osi and Igbole by the people of the towns who were opposed to the referendum, adding that there was also no voting in Ilasha.

They even blocked the road. I begged them but they wouldnt allow me to enter into the town so I had to turn back and came out through Ido-Osi, she said.

The people of Osi in Ido/Osi Local Government had protested for placing them under Ifaki-Ekiti as the headquarter of Osi/ Isokan.

Adelusi said, We are not to decide, we will collate the results and send the report to the House of Assembly on Monday, she added.

In an interview with journalists, the Commissioner for Integration, Mr, Funminiyi Afuye, expressed satisfaction.

He recalled that the exercise was in response to the peoples request for more local governments during Fayemis tours of towns and villages in Ekiti.

Anybody that is against it (referendum) is against the people. We are not talking about politics, we are talking about the future of the people. That is what they want and they have expressed it.

There cant be vacuum in governance, the life of this administration expires on October 16 and governance continues. This is something that has been in the pipeline.

It is through this referendum that we can know what the people want, it is part of the process to actualise the creation of local government, Afuye added.

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Harmonise factions in APC, NEC urged   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Posted by: Damisi Ojo, Akure

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been urged to step up the current reconciliation efforts in order to put the party in good stead ahead of the 2015 general elections.

A chieftain of the party in Ondo State, who is also a former Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Prof. Olu Aderounmu, made the appeal yesterday during the inauguration of the partys new executives in Akure South local government led by Otunba Olubunmi Alo.

The inauguration of the new executive is coming two weeks after another executive committee under the leadership of a lawmaker representing Akure North/South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, took oath of office.

The development was the fall-out of the congress which result has not been harmonised between factions of the party as recommended by the Appeal Committee set up by the partys NEC.

In his key note address, Aderounmu maintained that with the inauguration of the new executive, the leaders of the party in Akure South have taken the right step to address the crisis that has been rocking the party in the local government in recent times.

He accused some leaders of the Party for allegedly tampering with the report of an Appeal Committee, which had earlier harmonised the executive positions of the party in the ratio of 60-40 percent among the three different factions within the Party in Akure South council area.

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Ekiti holds referendum on new LCDAs   Back To Top

From: The Nation      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

Posted by: Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) yesterday held a referendum on the creation of new 18 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

Controversy had trailed the creation of the new LCDAs and the referendum, with the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicking against the creation, while also calling on the people to shun the referendum.

The exercise, which held at designated primary schools in the 137 wards across the 12 affected local government areas, commenced at about 8 am with the registration of interested voters and ended at 4pm.

Describing the exercise as a huge success, Chairman of SIEC, Mrs. Cecilia Adelusi, noted that the turnout of the people for the exercise was an indication that the state government took the right decision to conduct the referendum.

She disclosed that there was a massive turnout in Iyin, Ogotun, Ikole, Iloro, Ifaki and other areas where the referendum took place, as people trooped out in large number, to vote.

The SIEC boss added, However, there were areas where election did not take place. In places like Osi and Igbole, there was total blockage of the road, because the people there were protesting the choice of the headquarters.

It is not our duty to look into such agitations, because we will still compute our results and send to the House of Assembly for ratification.

Speaking with journalists in Ikere Ekiti, the Commissioner for Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Funminiyi Afuye, said the people of the town were enthusiastic about the creation of an LCDA in the town, adding, This must have informed the mammoth crowd that participated in this exercise (referendum).

Journalists who monitored the exercise in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, noticed a fairly large turnout of people in all the designated centres in the 13 wards of the council.

At Ward 5, St. Michaels Primary School, Ajilosun opposite Mobil Petrol Station, the turnout was quite impressive.

Despite the relative success of the exercise, opposition parties allegedly boycotted the exercise, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing the creation of the new LCDAs as placing hurdles on the path of the incoming government of governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

A few weeks ago, the PDP had gone to court seeking an injunction to restrain the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the State House of Assembly and SIEC from going ahead with the exercise.

Defending its boycott of the referendum, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in the State, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, hinged its stance on what he described as insincerity of the outgoing government in its approach to the creation of the councils.

The PDP spokesperson noted that out of the 177 wards in the state, people in about 130 wards allegedly boycotted the exercise, while those who participated did so under duress and coercion from members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Low turnout at referendum on new Ekiti councils   Back To Top

From: National Mirror      Published on: Sunday, July 20, 2014

by ABIODUN NEJO

Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) yesterday conducted referendum for the creation of 18 new local government council areas (LGCAs) in thei State.

The turnout was generally low as residents of the affected areas trooped out to participate in the exercise conducted with the use of Option A4 under the close watch of security personnel.

The announcement by the state government of the 18 new LGCAs and their headquarters earlier in the month had been greeted with protests from some communities that were disenchanted with the sitting of the headquarters.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier in the week urged Ekiti people to shun the exercise, saying the electoral body was not eligible to conduct it, adding that the party viewed the council creation move as a ploy of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi administration to put banana peel on the way of the incoming government.

The PDP had a fortnight ago instituted a legal action at an Ado Ekiti High Court, urging the court to restrain the governor from creating the new councils at the twilight of his administration, saying such action would constitute financial burden to the incoming PDP government.

Ekiti State Integration and Intergovernmental Affairs Commissioner, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, told journalists at Ward 9, Are/Araromi in Ikere Ekiti where he participated in the exercise that the referendum is a form of the expression of the wish of the people.

The PDP or whoever is opposed to this should go and try their opinion with the people. If you claim to have the mandate of the people, why are you against the wish of the people?, he queried.

Afuye, who hailed the large turnout at his ward for the exercise, which he described as part of the process to actualise the creation of local governments, said the process had been on before the June 21 governorship election in the state.

SIEC Chairman, Mrs. Bosede Adelusi, who described the referendum as a huge success, which witnessed impressive turnout at the communities she visited, said the results after collation would be forwarded to the state House of Assembly as stipulated by law.

The referendum was billed for the 137 wards in the affected 12 council areas from which the additional 18 LGCAs were created, however, did not take place at Osi Ekiti, Igbole Ekiti and Ilasa Ekiti

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