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Don’t vote political opportunists in Ekiti election, bishop warns

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
06 January 2022   |   4:01 am
Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has advised political parties and electorate to resist attempt by “political opportunists and one-off politicians” to forcibly take over Ekiti State in the June 18 governorship poll.

His Lordship Felix Femi Ajakeye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese

Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has advised political parties and electorate to resist attempt by “political opportunists and one-off politicians” to forcibly take over Ekiti State in the June 18 governorship poll.

He also appealed to participating political parties to conduct credible primaries, to avert violence and bloodshed that could heat up the polity and truncate the electoral process.

According to him, success of the forthcoming election would depend largely on how major political parties, especially Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress organise their primaries.

The admonition was contained in his new year message and made available to newsmen, yesterday, in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

In the message titled: ‘2022, Year of Optimism’, the cleric said: “On Saturday, June 18, 2022, there will be an election to elect a new governor. I urge the political parties to organise their primaries in ways that the best will emerge as candidates from their numerous aspirants.

“Thus, there must not be room for political opportunists and one-off politicians to take over our dear state. We need a God-fearing, positive-oriented and competent person as governor of our dear state, that is, a pure Omoluabi.”

Ajakaye urged the electorate to stop vote buying and selling, saying both are criminal offences, and that persons indulging in them should be treated as “criminals”.

He urged politicians to shun belligerence and resist attempt by criminals to infiltrate the state and turn Ekiti into a battleground.

“I also urge Independent National Electoral Commission to be practically independent and organise free, fair and credible election. Our dear state must not fail, our Nigeria must not fail,” he added.