By Yaqoub Popoola / Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Saturday’s planned referendum on the creation of 18 new local government areas in the state as an exercise in futility.
A statement by the Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, said the action by the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) amounted to contempt of court.
“The proposed referendum is an illegal act, as it does not follow the due process expected of such an exercise. The legal matter over the constitution of EKSIEC is still in court.
“Apart from the matter of the constitution of EKSIEC being at the Supreme Court, Ekiti PDP has also gone to court challenging the creation of the new LCDAs and that is still in court.
“Any action taken by Fayemi, EKSIEC and the Ekiti State House of Assembly on the matter is null and void and we are calling on the people of the state not to waste their time going out on Saturday for any referendum. It will end up a sheer waste of time and resources.
“It is going to be an exercise in futility and we are calling on the people of Ekiti State not to allow themselves to be used, as the incoming administration will not recognise any such illegal act.
“We are reiterating again that the PDP is committed to the growth and development of the state in all ramifications and as a law abiding party, will never support any illegal act,” Oluwawole said.
He added that well-meaning people of the state should prevail on Fayemi and the APC to follow due process in the handling of the matter.
Oliwawole noted that it had become clear that Fayemi and APC were only interested in causing confusion in the state and creating problems for the incoming PDP government.