Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies against perverting the results of Saturday’s Edo governorship poll in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Fayose called on Edo people to cast their votes for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, maintaining that his party won’t tolerate an inconclusive poll from the Professor Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC.
According to him, the PDP is the real and better change that Nigerians need, now that the shenanigans of the APC has been exposed.
“Edo people should not make the same mistake that Nigerians made last year by enthroning the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari”.
According to a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “party sentiments apart, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has campaigned throughout the nooks and crannies of Edo State to sell his vision and mission to the people of the state and anyone who saw the Channels Television debate on Sunday will agree with me that he is better equipped for the governance of Edo State.”
The governor, who also called on the people to be extra vigilant before, during and after the election, said; “the people should not just vote and go to sleep, they must make sure that their votes count and victory is ensured for Pastor Ize-Iyamu who is unarguably the best among the contenders.”
While calling on INEC and security agencies to maintain neutrality before, during and after the election, the governor described the Edo State election as a litmus test for the APC-led federal government, urging all government agencies involved in the election to put the interest of democracy first.
He said INEC must not repeat its story of inconclusiveness on the Edo State election, adding that for the first time in the history of this APC-led federal government, election must be free, fair and conclusive.
The governor declared that; “If you believe in me and you are a voter in Edo State, give your vote to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the man who has demonstrated the required capacity to lead Edo State to prosperity. Opportunity to choose comes once in four years and the people of Edo State must grab this opportunity to change the fortune of the state for the better.
“Edo people should also be assured that Nigerians are now looking for a more meaningful change that is better than the APC’s one chance change and Pastor Ize-Iyamu represents that meaningful change in Edo State.”
Fayose said Edo people should be vigilant and make sure that votes are counted and recorded in relevant forms at polling units, adding that “they should know that elections are not concluded until results are announced officially.”


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