Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
Sequel to revelations made by the embattled Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Dr. Tope Aluko alleging that the 2014 governorship poll in Ekiti State was rigged, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Mr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has vowed that the party would resist attempt to subvert the will of the voters in the next elections.
Osinkolu, said the whole world was already aware of how PDP deployed military personnel and other security agencies to rig ex-governor Kayode Fayemi out of office, insisting that every machinery of government would be positioned to ensure free and fair poll in 2018.
The APC senatorial aspirant also warned those resisting the conduct of primaries for the selection of governorship candidate in APC to bury the thought, saying the party members would frustrate efforts by a clique to impose its own preferred candidate; rather than what Ekiti wants.
Osinkolu made the statements in Ayede Ekiti weekend while meeting with the coordinators in the five local governments that constitutes Ekiti North senatorial district to reignite his senatorial aspiration for 2019.
The APC chieftain expressed joy that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is incurably committed to the conduct of free, fair election, devoid of any form of manipulation, urging the PDP ruling party in the state to forget having its way through rigging in the coming election.
“Governorship Elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and even the reruns in Rivers were declared inconclusive by Independent National Electoral Commission, because the commission wanted to straighten all rough edges. This goes a long way to buttress Buhari’s commitment to free, fair and credible polls.
“Ekiti elections in 2018 and the subsequent ones won’t depart from this doctrine. It must be free and fair. While we won’t use federal might to intimidate anybody the way the PDP did in 2014 for Governor Fayose to be victorious, the ruling party in Ekiti shouldn’t rely on the incumbency power to rig us out.
“What we want is for Ekiti people to decide who governs them and this we shall make realisable for us to have a stable and crisis-free polity”.
Osinkolu also warned the APC against imposition of any candidate for the poll, advising the leaders to gauge the mood of Ekiti people before coming up with their candidate. “The people are the ultimate decider and we must respect that to avoid another calamitous defeat”, he warned.