The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended voters in the state for boycotting the Saturday, 19th December, 2015 local government election. It said the people behaved honourably for staying away from the election boycotted by all political parties except the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said the widespread apathy observed across the state was evidence that Ekiti people had rejected Governor Ayodele Fayose and his PDP.
The party described the exercise as a mockery of democratic election, saying an election with a single party participating while also raising PDP members to pose as candidates of obscure parties would never pass the test of representative poll.
The party added that across the state, Ekiti people spoke with one voice by staying in their homes and watched from distance as PDP members engaged in multiple thumb-printing to give the impression that there was massive turn-out of voters.
“To cover their shame in most of the empty polling units, PDP members and Fayose’s political appointees engaged in multiple thumb-printing to give a false impression of a large turn-out of voters,” he explained.
Berating Fayose for holding the election despite pendency of the election case at the Court of Appeal, the party also accused the governor of wasting N300 million of taxpayers’ money on an election that would not stand the test of legality.
He said: “Fayose is playing games with Ekiti people by voting N300m of the state’s money to his party for his kangaroo election.
“We know that the money allocated for the exercise is more important to Fayose than the actual election because we know that more than half of the N300m will end up in private pocket.
“But we are sure that just as PDP leaders at the national level are now accounting for the money they spent on President Goodluck Jonathan’s election, Fayose will also account for the N300 taxpayers’ money he has just wasted for this illegal election.”
The party also frowned at the governor’s directive asking political appointees to be deployed as election observers as announced on state radio and television, saying the council election was a “contest between PDP and PDP”.
“The council election was a PDP affair with PDP contesting against itself. It is purely a contest between PDP and PDP.
“We sympathise with his so-called candidates who just wasted their time and money to participate in an illegal election that cannot stand the test of constitutionality and integrity.
“Just like what is happening to the states controlled by PDP over the last general elections, Fayose will have his days in courts where he will pay for all his constitutional infractions and financial misappropriation over illegal council poll,” Olatunbosun concluded.