Residents of Isan Ekiti town of Ekiti State, the hometown of the winner of the state 2018 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as well as his friends and family, have continued to jubilate over his victory.
While his supporters were seen dancing and praising God outside his home for the result of the polls, he (Fayemi) was seen inside, celebrating with close friends and family.
The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC), declared Fayemi as the winner of the election in the early hours of Sunday after securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 178,121 votes.
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has asked agents of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to ensure they protect their votes in the governorship election taking place in the state.
Governor Fayose said this on Saturday on his way to vote.
“Even if they are going to cut your neck, let them cut the neck. So long as the ballot boxes are there”, he told the party agents on the phone.
Receiving another phone call, he said, “I don’t want to hear stories. Vote and protect your votes.
“Don’t come back to Ado-Ekiti without protecting. Whosoever’s ballot boxes they are carting away should better remain in his community”.
Residents turned out in large numbers across the state to vote in a new candidate who will govern them for the next four years.
In many parts of Ado-Ekiti, the capital, hundreds of voters were seen at the polling units as early as 7:00 am.
Voters including the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths among others were seen at the polls to exercise their rights to vote.
The Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, commenced proceedings in the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the June 21 governorship election.
The candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Fayose, had emerged winner in a landslide victory which knocked out incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, the APC candidate.
However, after Governor Fayemi conceded defeat to Fayose, through a State-wide broadcast, the APC decried the election process, as well as some of the activities leading up to the day of the election, including the arrest of some top APC members.
The Party further announced its plans to contest the result of the election in Court.
The Tribunal in Ado-Ekiti sat to consider an ex parte motion filed by the APC seeking the leave of the court to inspect the Independent National Electoral Commission materials used for the election.
The APC through its counsel, Kabiru Akingbolu withdrew the ex- parte motion after the re-evaluation of the matter by the petitioner.
The motion filed had sought the permission of the tribunal for the electoral umpire to allow the APC to inspect the ballot papers used at June 21 poll.
The motion was however struck out by the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad Siraju.
The governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi has urged private organisations to perform their corporate social responsibilities in order to bail the country out of underdevelopment.
Speaking to the management of the Ekiti state’s University Teaching Hospital School of Midwifery Ado Ekiti, the governor stressed the need for private organisations collaboration with the state government so as to improve health service delivery in the state.
Dr Kayode who was represented by the Head of Service, Bunmi Famosaya, further charged the state government at all cadres to provide enabling environment for private bodies to perform their expected social responsibilities in the state.
The Chairman, Board of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Kayode Akinlade in his remarks confirmed that efforts are underway in ensuring expeditious accreditation of the School of Midwifery in the institution before the expiration of the present administration.
The Chief Medical Director, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Kolawole Ogundipe also pointed out efforts of the government in ensuring that the School of Nursing and Midwifery is given a face lift, which includes the renovation of the administrative blocks.
He added that the school was under the Ministry of Health but now transferred to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital for effective management. He, therefore, appealed to the state government to give more attention to the school.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday disclosed plans of the All Progressives Congress, which lost in the just concluded Ekiti governorship elections, to head to Court for various infractions against its members, during the elections.
“We are going to challenge all these infractions in court so that it would be clear we are not making anything up,” he said.
Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Mr Mohammed listed various offences for which the party was going to seek redress for in Court, including the detainment of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and other APC governors on the day of Fayemi’s last rally.
He also mentioned the arrest of some APC leaders the night before the election, as one of the issues for which they seek redress, noting that they had no problems with the outcome of the election, but with the process.
“Two weeks before the election, a peaceful rally by the APC was forcibly dispersed which led to the death of an individual,” he said, adding that there was no investigation into the matter.
He also mentioned that “a vehicle was intercepted containing 200 boxes of electoral material which INEC discredited as waste material” and there was yet to be an explanation for a reported aircraft carrying suspicious material, which landed in Ekiti.
Mohammed explained that “what happens before, during elections determines if the nation’s democracy is being deepened.”
However, the APC spokesman said that the Party had no intention to contest the result of the election and it was standing by Fayemi’s decision, unless there was compelling evidence to necessitate such a move.
“We have gone beyond the issue of who lost or who won the election”, he said, but insisted that the over-militarisation of the process created fear in the electorate which may have caused many APC loyalists to stay clear of the election.
“We have absolutely no problem or issue with law enforcement agencies in keeping peace” he said, but noted that it was a “selective keeping of peace” which was against the opposition. He claimed that members of the APC, as well as some accredited journalists had been “deported” and “forcefully removed” on the day of the election.
He further insisted that certain incidents, if not corrected, would not give the desired type of democracy.
On the emergence of Ayo Fayose as governor-elect, Mohammed said that the concession of defeat by Fayemi and the APC was evidence of the opposition’s democratic nature.
“By this we have shown the world that we are true democrats and that election is not a do or die affair”, he said, maintaining that the Party had respected the wish of the people.
On his part, Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of the PDP, Tunji Shelle, described allegations of the APC spokesman as “strange”.
According to him, security personnel were professional in their conduct.
Shelle, a second guest on the programme, while speaking about the election, commended the outgoing governor, Kayode Fayemi, for sportsmanship but noted that the act was not first of its kind.
“Our own candidate in Lagos during the last election congratulated Fashola in the same vein as Fayemi did.”
He noted that Fayemi had prepared well but somebody else prepared better, adding that the last time governance was taken away from PDP, it was through “judicial rascality”, since Ekiti was a PDP state.
On reports of the ejection of certain people allegedly lodged in hotels to perpetuate electoral crime, Shelle said that the security personnel did a good job of evading any unwanted occurrence. They were there to disrupt the electoral process, he insisted.
He, however, defended the presence of the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and Minister of Police Affairs, Jelil Adesiyan in Ekiti despite the fact that security operatives did not permit APC governors.
According to him, they had been lodged in Akure, and had gone into Ado-Ekiti briefly, on private matters, as PDP members and were not on a mission to influence the election.