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Ekiti Holds Peaceful Governorship Election
As gubernatorial election held in all 16 local government areas of Ekiti State, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ayo Fayose, on Saturday said he would accept the outcome of the election, whatever it may be.
Fayose made the declaration after casting his vote around 2pm at Unit 001 Polling Unit, St. David Primary School, Afao-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
“I have campaigned enough, I did all that was necessary in this election; I know my people love me…but I will leave my fate to God,” Fayose said.
The incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Peoples Congress, APC, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for introducing innovations which would eliminate delays in the voting process as well as eradicate irregularities during elections.
Governor Fayemi gave the commendation after voting at his Ojilolo Ward 1 Polling Unit in Isan-Ekiti.
He said he was particularly impressed at the early arrival of INEC officials as well as materials, adding that information available indicated that they arrived before 9.a.m. across the state.
A PDP chieftain in Omuo-Ekiti, Daniel Dimeji, also commended INEC for providing adequate arrangement which ensured a smooth accreditation exercise.
Dimeji gave kudos to the security agencies for putting in place adequate security measures, saying there was no report of violence in the area and expressed the hope that the entire exercise would be hitch-free.
There was large turnout of voters across all the polling units in the state despite of the heavy presence of security personnel and as early as 6.30 a.m. queues had been formed in anticipation of the accreditation officials.
In Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, voters, including the elderly and people using crutches, trooped to the various polling units carrying food flasks of various sizes just in case the process lasted longer than expected.
The Alafao of Afao, Joseph Ademilua, was he was impressed with the conduct of the election commended the INEC for making adequate preparations to forestall any eventualities.
The minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, on Saturday in Osogbo said the outcome of the election would be a true reflection of the people’s wish.
Adesiyan said gone are the days of bogus election results and the use of thugs to unleash terror on the people, stressing that the Police was mandated to ensure that impostors were not allowed around the vicinity of the voting centres.
“The Ekiti election is all about one-man one-vote; this is the only way to guarantee democracy,” she said.
Counting of votes have begun and results are expected to be announced on Sunday.