Ekiti assembly warns FG against rigging upcoming poll
• APC flays Jonathan comments on flyover
Ekiti State House of Assembly has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government against rigging the upcoming governorship poll.The assembly urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the security agencies to remain unbiased umpire before, during and after the poll. The House gave the caution yesterday during its special open plenary on the newly inaugurated flyover bridge in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The lawmakers warned that the people would resist any attempt to rig the election.They also resolved to endorse the candidature of the deputy governor, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka and his running mate, Kazeem Ayodeji Ogunsakin.The Leader of the House, Hon. Olatunji Akinleye, who moved the motion, said it was to facilitate the continuation of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s laudable achievements.
They also passed a vote of confidence in the Speaker, Kolawole Oluwawole, and denied rumours that some members of the assembly were planning to decamp to other parties.
Oluwawole, said: “This plenary is a special one, in the sense that the government of the day has performed excellently well.The speaker expressed unalloyed and unshakable commitment to Fayose, who he said: “has demonstrated to the whole world that he is committed to the service of humanity in Ekiti.
Meanwhile, the APC has criticised former President Goodluck Jonathan over his comments on the newly commissioned flyover bridge in Ado-Ekiti.The APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun said this in a statement in Ado-Ekiti.He said it was hypocritical for Jonathan to have described the bridge as the best in Nigeria.He expressed concern that the Fajuyi-Ojumose flyover Flyover Bridge, which Jonathan unveiled at the weekend, was constructed at a whooping cost of N17billion.
According to him, Fayose had claimed at various times that the length of the flyover was 1.3km and 1.5km, whereas it is only 800m.Olatunbosun said the bridge was earlier awarded for N5.9billion before Fayose singlehandedly increased it to N17 billion.
In a related development, the PDP has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC of planning to use thugs in military uniform to foment trouble, as the party begins its campaign next week.The PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Jackson Adebayo, said this in a statement. Adebayo said the APC’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi and his caucus have prepared places for the thugs in four locations in Ilawe, Egbe, Ikoro and Omuo Ekiti.He alleged that part of the plans is to destroy the party’s billboards and posters.
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