The Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation has described the allegation levelled against the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayo Fayose, on the conduct of local government election in the state as lacking in credibility.
According to a statement signed by the spokesman of the Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Dimeji Daniels, Fayose had alleged that the Fayemi administration wilfully refused to conduct local government election in the state, assuring at a meeting with officials of the state chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) that conducting the local government election would be his first major assignment if voted into office as the Governor of the state.
The Fayemi Campaign Organisation explained that rather than the Governor deliberately refusing to conduct local government election, it was Fayose’s party, the PDP, which sought and was granted an injunction against the election slated for 4 February, 2011.
“It would have amounted to disobedience of a court order like the PDP did during the Segun Oni administration if the Fayemi administration had gone ahead to conduct the LG poll,” Daniels said in the statement.
According to him, “the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) and incumbent governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that local government election will be conducted in the state before the end of this year after the case in court must have been decided.
“The kind of local government election that the APC government will conduct will bring more development to our people at the grassroots, unlike the tragic local government elections conducted by the short-lived administration of Ayo Fayose.
“Ekiti people remember the tragic LG elections that Fayose conducted in 2004, as well as a subsequent vacant councillorship election in which Tunde Omojola was killed in Ifaki-Ekiti on 28 May, 2005 during a local government bye-election.
“Ekiti people remember how Fayose as a sitting governor led thugs to Ilawe during a local government election to threaten and harass the people. Two police officers, Taiwo Balogun and Titilope Aratile, testified against Fayose at the election tribunal. They narrated how he stormed the council area with a retinue of mobile policemen and some soldiers with fake name-tags to hijack ballot boxes at the various voting centers.
“The female officer had testified thus: ‘I was posted to the poling unit 11, at Ward 11 in Ilawe-Ekiti at about 9.30 am. Governor Ayo Fayose came to the ward with mobile policemen and soldiers, and said he wanted us to cooperate. I said how and he replied that he wanted to collect the papers and cast them inside the box. But when I said no, the Governor replied that if I did not agree, they will carry the ballot box away.
“Then I said our Divisional Police Officer had told us that the safety of the ballot box was our duty at the polling unit. The Governor ordered those who followed him to carry the box, but I struggled with them. They then pushed me aside’. Fayose also threatened to kill Dr. Bode Olowoporoku in the full glare of the public on the said day.”
The statement stressed further that Governor Fayemi will never conduct a local council poll in which ballot boxes will be snatched, neither will he lead thugs to intimidate the people.
“The LG election that will be conducted by the Fayemi administration will bring happiness to our people and engender their development, rather than leave a sour after-taste in their mouths.
“Fayose has no credibility to pontificate about local government elections because he has consistently preferred mayhem and brigandage to free and fair election.”