- Governor Ayodele Fayose has reacted to the release of a timetable for the gubernatorial election in Ekiti state
- Fayose said the Peoples Democratic Party was prepared for the exercise but pleaded that it must be free and fair
- The governor also asked the federal government to remain neutral during the exercise
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the 2018 gubernatorial election in the state is free and fair.
Fayose said this on Friday, October 6, while reacting to the release of the governorship election timetable by INEC.
He pleaded with the electoral umpire to conduct free, fair and credible poll that will be commended by the international community just as the June 21, 2014 election was hailed by the government of the United States of America.
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Fayose further boasted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win the election but urged INEC and the federal government agencies not to provide help for other contestants.
The governor called on the international community as well as local election observers to begin to take very strong interest in the Ekiti 2018 governorship election and monitor INEC as it begins the processes leading to the conduct of the election.
“Concerning this election and others, INEC should be honourable by ensuring free, fair and credible elections.
“This is considering the fact that Ekiti is a state controlled by the opposition and I am the number one opposition figure in Nigeria today.
“INEC should take note that we cannot all be in the same political party and Nigeria cannot be one party state. The electoral commission should therefore be fair to all concerned.
“As for me, I do not need INEC or agency of the government to help me and the PDP candidate to win the election and INEC and federal government agencies should not also provide help for other contestants,” Fayose said in a statement released by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka.
The governor added further: “We welcome the announcement of the election timetable because even before INEC released the timetable, we, in the PDP in Ekiti state have prepared well enough for the election and are good to go anytime, any day.
“It is hopeful that INEC will not succumb to pressure from those who may want to take Ekiti state by means other than free, fair and transparent electoral process and truncate the rights of Ekiti people to make their choice.
“To our teeming supporters, eternal vigilance is most required from now till the end of the election.
“I am confident that Ekiti people will resist any plot to subvert their collective wish because they have done it not once, not twice. Most importantly, support of the people of Ekiti for me and the PDP has never been in doubt.
“It is on this note that I call on the international community as well as local election observers to from now, take very strong interest in the Ekiti 2018 governorship election and monitor INEC as it begins the processes leading to the conduct of the election.
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“The international community must monitor INEC from now and see to it that the electoral commission conducts a free, fair and credible election so that the world can be assured of a hitch-free election in 2019.
“On our part as Ekiti people, we must pray persistently because with prayers, all the plots against our collective wish as a people will come to naught.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that INEC fixed dates for the governorship elections which will come up in Osun and Ekiti states respectively in the year 2018.
INEC disclosed this on Thursday, October 5.
According to INEC, the Ekiti state governorship election will hold on July 14, 2018, while Osun state governorship election will hold September 22, 2018.
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