Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to make the war
against corruption total by being bold enough to
probe the administration of former President
Olusegun Obasanjo and others about how they spent
their security votes.
Accusing the president of being selective in the fight
against corruption, he said, "I support the fight
against corruption but it has to be total. Buhari must
be bold enough to probe how ex-presidents
Obasanjo, Babangida and others spent their security
votes.
"All the Presidents that had come in Nigeria spent
their security votes in the same pattern. So, Buhari
must open the book and come out with facts."
Fayose also urged his colleagues to conduct elections
in the local governments, saying the caretaker
committee was an aberration.
Meanwhile, an Ekiti State High Court on Monday
dismissed the suit filed by the All Progressives
Congress against the composition of the Ekiti State
Independent Electoral Commission.
Justice Dele Omotoso, who held that the opposition
party in the state failed to prove its case beyond
reasonable doubt, also refused to stop the local
governments election slated for this Saturday.
The APC had alleged that members of the electoral
body constituted by Fayose were card-carrying
members of the Peoples Democratic Party, so could
not conduct a free and fair election.
Listed as PDP members by the APC are the SIEC
Chairman, Justice Kayode Bamisile (retd), Victoria
Olufunke Adeyera, Ganiyu Bello, Mojisola Florence
Bankole, Rufus Sunday Olaiya and Olajide Vincent
Adeyeye.
The APC in a statement by its state Publicity
Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, has however vowed to
challenge the judgment at the Court of Appeal.
The party contended that the judgment "cannot stand
the judicial efficiency and legal scrutiny of the
appellate court.
"We will not allow the charade called SIEC to stand.
We maintain that the composition of Ekiti SIEC did
not follow the due process and provision of the law."
Speaking at the PDP's secretariat on Monday while
presenting party flags to chairmanship and
councilorship candidates of the party, Fayose
described the local governments as the closest to the
people.
"Not every person can be opportune to see the
governor, but many people can see the Chairman of
a local government. So, I want to appeal to my
colleague governors to move away from
antidemocratic way. A governor is elected to do what
is right and that we must do.
"But in the Local Government polls in Ekiti, we won't
conduct inconclusive elections. I appeal to our
people to come out en masse and vote. APC decided
to boycott the election because they know we will
give them 16-0 in the chairmanship and 177-0 in
the councilorship," he said.
The governor said his intention to conduct the Local
Government elections on December 19 was borne
out of his desire to ensure that Ekiti moved away
from the era of anti-democratic and pseudo-
democratic tendencies.

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