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EKITI BITTER WAR: WHAT IS THE HOPE OF FAYOSE, ELEKA?

In the just concluded Ekiti State Gubernatorial Election, it is on record that 30,000 policemen, 9,000 Civil Defense Corps and 5,000 soldiers were deployed to Ekiti State although some people argued that deployment of heavy security for the election was for intimidation and assault on the people of Ekiti State and Nigeria as a Nation . Some politicians also argued that the poverty level in Nigeria as played out in Ekiti State Election is a ploy to influence Nigerians to vote for APC as exhibited in the Ekiti State Governorship Election whereby money was distributed freely to woo the prospective voters to vote against their choices with those officials whose duty is to ensure free and fair Gubernatorial Election in Ekiti State which spurred some condemnation by the international observers that the Ekiti State Election felt below global standard going by rampant cases of vote buying. Nigeria as a nation now tied down in the face of poverty, is not good for a Nigerian nation. The non-arrest of any culprits sharing money publicly in the presence of the Law Enforcement Agencies during the Ekiti State Election simply confirmed the insinuation that the Anti-Corruption of PMB is targeted on the opponents the PDP. May be Fayose should join the APC to avoid being arrested and prosecuted by EFCC for charting the course of the PDP through various advertorials even before the 2015 General Elections immediately after his tenure terminates in October 2018.

The Ekiti State 2018 Governorship Election has come and gone, but both the good, bad and ugly before primaries and the Election proper linger on the issue of who supposedly should emerge as the representative of both the APC and the PDP played prominent role in the primary and the elections proper. Although, the issue of zoning formula almost killed the aspirations of the APC but was quickly resolved amicably as the aggrieved parties were persuaded and they still remain in the APC but the PDP were not tactically enough to resolve their grievances of consensus candidate of Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka, and PDP’s inability to settle disagreement that prompted some strong pillar members of the party to defect to APC, later cost PDP the desired victory in the election. Also there are some reminiscences in the poll – the issue of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s office blockage is a recap of the 1983 blockage of Dr, Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) and Alhaji Ibrahim Waziri of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) merger political rally in Borno.

The blockage of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s office, according to PDP, was totally unacceptable and was against the political dictates of the Nigerian politics. Although the Police Authority through its Public Relations Officer to Assistant Inspector General of Police, Moshood regretted the action and promised that such would not repeat itself again. Despite all hues and cries from the PDP, some politicians and public analysts that the governorship poll was not free and fair going by alleged victimization and vote buying, legally Dr Kayode Fayemi has been voted as Governor-elect and that indicates that sitting Governor Ayodele Fayose, People’s Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka might have lost out.

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