Ekiti PDP boycotts council polls over alleged rigging plot

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it would boycott the December 7 local government election in the state over alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the council poll.

In a statement signed issued in Ado Ekiti by Hon Yinka Olomofe on behalf of Ado-Ekiti Council Stakeholders, the party directed its member to distance themselves from the election from a predetermined exercise.

The party described the election as a shambolic exercise, alleging that information available revealed that Governor Kayode Fayemi had perfected plans to rig the exercise through political thugs.

Further, the PDP alleged that the chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), Justice Aladejana, lacked the moral impetus to superintend over body the electoral body.

The party claimed EKSIEC was not capable of conducting free, fair and credible election since the electoral body was under the whims and caprices of Governor Kayode Fayemi.

The party said the ‘purported council election’ was a plan by Governor Fayemi to use EKSIEC as a conduit pipe in looting the state treasury to a tune of N5 billion.

“The integrity of the Chairman of State Independent Electoral Commission is in doubt. A man suspended as Chief Judge of the state due to his professional misconduct lacks moral standing to conduct a free and fair elections,” the statement read in part.

“We also frown at the ridiculous amount of money which is said to be about N5 billion purportedly allocated for this shoddy exercise. We will not participate in an exercise which is solely aimed at siphoning the state’s scarce resources”.

“An election predetermined to payback supporters of Fayemi in APC cannot enjoy our participation. We will not give unnecessary credibility to an election with a predetermined outcome.

“APC members in Ado-Ekiti have reliably informed us that the governor has directed his political thugs especially transport workers to matchet, shoot or kill anyone that stands on their way before, during and after elections.

 “We therefore urge our members to continue preparing for 2022 governorship elections which is our focus and allow Kayode Fayemi and his political thugs continue their peculiar mess.

But, the All Progressive Congress swiftly dismissed the allegations as mere figment of imagination of the opposition, saying the claim lacks validity.

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