HISTORIC!!! The Stage Is Finally Set, As 646,000 Voters Decide The Emergence Of The New Governor Of Ekiti State, Today

By Post-Nigeria: July 14, 2018 08:11

HISTORIC!!! The Stage Is Finally Set, As 646,000 Voters Decide The Emergence Of The New Governor Of Ekiti State, Today

The people of Ekiti State are set to elect a new Governor today, being Saturday, as 35 political parties are presenting candidates in the much anticipated election.

However, the contest is strictly between the two strongest political parties in the State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Out of the 913,334 eligible voters in the State, only 646,000 will determine who becomes the next Governor of the State .

This is the only figure that had collected their PVCs, which will enable them vote, while about 250,000 refused to collect theirs.

The current Deputy Governor of the State, Professor Kolapo Olusola, is flying the ticket of the PDP, and is being backed by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, while a former Governor of the State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is contesting on the platform of the APC.

The two major candidates have been in a fierce battle, making allegations and counter-allegations against each other, to woo the electorates.

While Fayemi is banking on his past records to campaign, the PDP candidate Olusola on the other hand, is relying heavily on the popularity and grassroots support of his outgoing principal.

Olusola, whose manifesto is tagged ‘Shield’, said he would touch on infrastructure, economy, education, agriculture, development, among others.

Many are of the view that the contest may not be as easy as it was for Fayose in 2014, when he defeated Fayemi in all the 16 Local Council Areas of the State.

Those in that school of thought are saying that those who made Fayemi’s defeat easier in 2014, had defected to the APC, to coalesce efforts with the former Minister, to undo Fayose, who many Politicians in the State perceive as a common adversary.

The likes of Senator Ayo Arise, former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, former Speaker, Honourable Dele Olugbemi, former Commissioners, Barr. Owoseeni Ajayi and Deji Adesua, respectively, PDP Majority Leader in the Assembly, Honourable Ebenezer Alagbada, and Chief Whip, Honourable Sunday Akinniyi, former Special Adviser on Tourism, Demola Bello, former Senior Special Assistant on Finance, Mr. Cyril Fasuyi, and other bigwigs, are now in APC.

These people are not only in the APC, they are determined to give Fayose a figurative bloody nose, in today’s election.

Though fear and anxiety have gripped residents, Security Operatives have assured the people of peace.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the State, Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Olayinka Raji, promised a transparent exercise, adding that, all the processes used by the Commission was transparent, with the involvement of all the representatives of all the parties, participating in the election.

He explained that Ekiti State is calm, and all hands are on deck to conduct a credible, fair and free election in the State.

To ensure the credibility of the polls, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, in charge of Operations, Mr. Habilal Joshak, had earlier announced that security details of all important personalities in the State, including those of Fayose and Fayemi, will be withdrawn, on Saturday.

He added that he would work with one Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. H.H Karma, and three other Commissioners of Police, who will man each of the Senatorial Districts.

As voters get set to vote today, Policemen are stationed at strategic areas in the State, especially Ado-Ekiti, with some patrolling the streets.

The Police Headquarters had earlier said that 30,000 security officials will be deployed in the State, for the election.

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