Ekiti LG poll worst in nation’s political history ― PDP
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described last Saturday’s local government election in the state as the worst in the political history of the country, calling for the outright cancellation.
The State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) had declared the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 16 chairmanships and 177 councillorship seats in the poll.
The state chairman of the party, Mr Gboyega Oguntuwase while addressing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday likened the exercise with the just concluded governorship election in Kogi state which was marred with violence and allegedly rigged in favour of the APC.
He said the exercise was marred with violence, killing and ballot snatching, adding that the results for Ilejemeje, Ise/Orun, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti East were written without any conduct of the election.
According to him, “The Ekiti PDP outrightly reject the results of the Saturday’s council in totality. What we had was a mere tragedy and comedy. It was comedy in the sense that it was a drama of people who wanted to imitate or let the activities have a semblance of democracy while truly the essence of democracy was bastardised.
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“In all the 16 local government and 177 wards, there was truly no election. For proper election to hold, there are certain materials that are important. But I want to tell you categorically that in Ilejemeje, Ido-Osi, Ise/Orun, Ikere, Ikole and other councils ballot papers and boxes were not supplied.
“We were surprised that in areas where there were no election results were announced. What happened in Kogi state was exactly what Governor Kayode Fayemi and his men did in Ekiti. This is the worst election in history.”
Oguntuwase however, declared seven days of mourning periods for Dotun Kosedake who was killed during the election and four others currently receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.
He directed its members to shun all party activities in honour of the victims taking effect from tomorrow (Monday)