Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Ekiti Election: APC loses faith in lost confidence in the Jega-led INEC

Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, (KFCO) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to explain the role of its officials in the thumb-printed ballot papers seized from officials of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). In a statement by the KFCO’s spokesperson, Dimeji Daniels, the All Progressives Party had lost confidence in lost confidence in the Attahiru Jega-led INEC following thumb- printed ballot papers found by agents of the Director of Security Service, (DSS) at the hotel of the Director-General of Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Chief Dipo Anisulowo. The hotel is located at Are-Ekiti, Anisulowo’s hometown. Fayose’s Campaign Organisation has denied the allegation, describing it as a lie. Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar however confirmed the arrest during an INEC/stakeholders round-table in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday. “The Jega-led INEC has been making assurances about the integrity of Saturday’s election, but recent developments where thumb-printed ballot papers and form EC8A are being ferried into Ekiti State by serving ministers and found in the residences of PDP chieftains make nonsense of INEC’s assurances and shows that there are collaborators in INEC in this evil plot by the PDP to ensure that the votes of Ekiti people do not count. “It also confirms our position that there is a strong presidency- hatched plot in concert with INEC to rig Saturday’s election. If otherwise, INEC should explain the source of ballot papers and forms EC8A in the possession of PDP. “The electoral body should also explain its moral somersault on the release of the certified copy of the voters’ register to APC. We believe this moral somersault on the part of INEC is responsible for the PDP candidate, Ayodele Fayose’s boast that he would win the governorship poll, with the assurance that fake election results would be declared in his favour by INEC. “While we commend the Department of State Security for smashing this fraction of the series of plans put in place by the PDP and INEC to declare fake results on Sunday, we are aware that there is pressure on the DSS from some high places to release the PDP members caught thumb-printing ballot papers. We strongly urge the DSS not to bow to pressure to release the 22 arrested PDP agents. “We equally call for a well-coordinated, thorough, unbiased and uncompromising investigation into the matter. We want to put it on record that we have totally lost confidence in the Jega-led INEC as we believe it is planning a repeat of the electoral heist it perpetrated in Anambra State. “To absolve itself of complicity in this matter, INEC should allow all the polling units to be beamed live on the day of election. It should also allow for proper scrutiny of all election materials and the involvement of all political parties in the process from the beginning to the end. “We call on civil society organisations, well-meaning Ekiti people home and abroad and the international community to swing into action by putting pressure on the President Jonathan and Jega-led INEC to abide by their constitutional oath and not set Ekiti State on fire. Nigeria cannot afford another crises in any state of the federation as the nation is still battling with the Boko Haram onslaught in the northeast. “We commend the people of Are-Ekiti for calling the attention of security agents to the electoral crime being committed at the hotel of Fayose’s Campaign Organisation’s DG. Ekiti people should be alive to developments in their environment and should not hesitate to call the attention of security agencies if they notice any untoward happening. He noted that: “The agents of darkness are very much around and are desperately determined to return Ekiti to the days of retrogression, violence and repression. It behoves all Ekiti indigenes to be vigilant and stand up firmly to these anti- democratic elements. We should all know that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” Daniels stated. Responding to the allegation, a staff of the Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation, Pastor Yemi Olayinka, described it as a lie. Olayinka said nothing like that happened and challenged KFCO’s spokesman to make public the thumb-printed papers allegedly found in the hotel, adding that, Ekiti people to disregard the allegation. “That was how they lied that a minister that was bringing money for Fayose was arrested at the Akure airport. It was a wicked lie. Nothing like that happened,” he added.

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