From Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of conniving with the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the July 14 governorship election by using students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) as ad-hoc staff for the election, instead of youth corps members.
The governor, who made this known while addressing journalists in Ado
Ekiti, on Friday, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that
the Ekiti 2014 governorship election was characterised by â€œhanky pankyâ€, as unfortunate, saying he is not surprised because the President is no longer in touch with reality and also not in charge of his own government.
Fayose said â€œthe idea behind this plot is to recruit APC members from neighbouring states, arm them with FUOYE students Identity Cards and use them as INEC Presiding and Returning Officers to perfect the planned rigging of the election. This will fail.â€
The governor said: â€œRecall that the President said categorically that Ekiti State must be taken by the APC at all cost. Instead of his empty boast that his party must capture the state by whatever means, the President should rather tell Ekiti people what he has done for them in the last three and half years.
â€œToday, we are beginning to receive signals to the effect that clandestine moves are being made to subvert the will of Ekiti people. With the failure of their â€œOndo Optionâ€, other evil means are now being devised.
â€œDespite that we have over 9,000 Youth Corps members in Ekiti State and it has been the general practice to engage the NYSC members in elections across the country, the APC in collusion with INEC has asked that students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) be recruited as INEC ad-hoc staff for the election, instead of youth corps members.
â€œWe are in possession of an Internal Memorandum from the office of the
Dean of Students Affairs, FUOYE seeking registration of students of the University as INEC Presiding and Returning Officers for the
â€œAs I speak, over 2,000 supposed FUOYE students have been registered; with a curious condition that they should provide Bank Account details of their close relations, apparently to avoid tracing any payment into their own accounts.
â€œThe question is; with over 9,000 Youth Corps members in Ekiti State, what is the need for FUOYE students in an election that is holding in less than 2,200 polling units?”
He called on parents, guardians and families of FUOYE students to prevail on their wards to shun this Greek gift and avoid being used by desperate politicians.
Fayose said the electoral umpire must tell the public the rationale behind the plot to jettison Youth Corps members for “supposed FUOYE students”
On President Buhariâ€™s reported comment that the Ekiti 2014 governorship election was characterised by â€œhanky pankyâ€, the governor said, “I am not surprised at all because he is no longer in touch with realities. The president is not even in charge of his own government.
â€œTherefore, I am not surprised that such a statement came from the president. That was the same President who said Nigerian youths are lazy and that Nigerians living abroad are criminals. He can also afford to indict his own country by saying that agencies of the
federal government were involved in electoral fraud, even when the United States Government commended them.
â€œThe president runs to the United States of America at all times and believe in the US government even more than himself. This same US government said clearly that the election was free, fair and transparent.”
He said Buhari and his men wouald be disgraced in Ekiti because the power of the people is greater than the power of those in power.
â€œWe hereby call on all men of good conscience to stand up and be counted in the fight against dictatorship, election rigging and the plot to subvert democracy in Nigeria. 2019 general elections is close by and Ekiti as well as Osun elections are prelude to what to expect
â€œThe international community must prevail on INEC and the Buhari administration to allow free, fair and credible election in Ekiti State,” he said.