The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) on Wednesday presented certificates of return to the 16 chairmen elected during last Saturday’s local government election in the state.
At the election, candidates of the All Progressives Congress(APC) clinched all the 16 chairmanship and 177 councillorship seats available in the state.
Presenting the certificates, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Jide Aladejana, said the commission exhibited utmost neutrality and unbiased dispositions in the conduct of the election.
Aladejana charged the chairmen to fulfil all the promises made during the electioneering campaigns, saying this remains the best way to motivate the electorate to believe in the electoral system.
He added that it would be a great disservice to the electorate who queued inside the sun to elect them if they fail to deliver democracy dividends needed at the grassroots.
“You are making history today. Your people have voted for you to be able to represent them well, make sure you fulfil your promises.
“We are proud to say that we aligned with the provisions of the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act in conducting the election.
“I commend all the contestants across parties for the peaceful ways they conducted themselves before and during the election, that accounted for the success recorded,” he said.
The governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr Biodun Omoleye, said the chairmen must demonstrate competence and accountability when they get into office so as not to betray the confidence reposed in them.
“You must follow the footsteps of our governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, which is commitment to development and good leadership. We have to make useful sacrifices and display ingenuity for us to be able to make great impacts at the local government level.”