Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has expressed worry over
inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
conduct credible and conclusive elections since the advent of the
President Mohammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC)

The governor, who reacted to the alleged manipulation of the Imo North
Senatorial election, which was declared inconclusive, said “democracy
in Nigeria is being threatened by INEC and this should call for
national and international

Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka quoted the governor as saying that; “If we have
done more than 15 elections since President Buhari assumed office and
all ended inconclusive, it is obvious that we are tending towards

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He said; “it is becoming very clear that votes of Nigerians are no
longer allowed to count under this APC government and one wonders if
President Buhari would have been elected if the system then did not
allow free and fair elections.”

Governor Fayose said Nigerians should be more concerned with
institutionalising democracy than the issue of who wins election,
adding that; “The only duty the APC government owes Nigerians is to
allow for a system that will make them to be able to elect their
leaders freely.

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“This system was created and allowed to flourish by the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) government. The APC, which is obviously
desperate to hijack power at all levels through open manipulation of
the electoral process must know that preventing people’s votes from
counting is a clear invitation to anarchy.

“As it is, APC stalwarts are using security agents to unleash
violence on Nigerians during elections because they know that the
president won’t lift a finger provided his party members are the ones
perpetrating electoral evil.”

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The governor said the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu should be
worried about the image of the electoral commission under him.

While urging INEC to be mindful of its importance to the sustenance of
democracy in Nigeria, Governor Fayose said the electoral body must
maintain its independence and impartiality at all times.

He said; “Nigeria was already getting that important aspect of
democracy, which is election right before the advent of this APC
government and the government, especially INEC should be mindful of
what history will present concerning them.”