Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Dr Olusegun Osinkolu, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to put Ekiti first and drop its intention to challenge the election that returned Dr. Kayode Fayemi as the validly elected governor of the state.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) neither breached the law nor committed constitutional infractions in the election, saying attempt by the PDP Candidate, Dr Kolapo Olusola, to challenge the outcome was targeted at derailing the next government.
Osinkolu added that though Olusola enjoys the constitutional right to challenge the election, insisting that this could only come when the election was brazenly manipulated or figures concocted in favour of any of the parties.
The APC Chieftain congratulated Fayemi and the deputy governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, on their victory, saying the joint ticket was the best for Ekiti considering the parlous condition of the state’s economy.
In the election conducted on Saturday, Fayemi polled a total of 197, 459 to trounce Olusola, who got 178,121 votes. Olusola and the PDP have rejected the result and threatened to
challenge the outcome in court.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Osinkolu called the attention of the PDP on the need to allow peace to reign, saying the APC didn’t
take any invidious action that could derail Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government since Fayemi lost in 2014.
He said it would only be right and that the people of the state will be served better, if the PDP could accept the outcome of the result
and prepare its members ahead of 2022, when another opportunity will beckon to contest the gubernatorial poll.
“When Dr. Fayemi lost in 2014, we didn’t challenge the outcome of the results declared by INEC that produced Governor Fayose. What APC did was to challenge his eligibility to contest the election on account of his impeachment in 2006 and the court said it wasn’t a barrier for him to contest.
“PDP must understand that the APC had a lot of grounds to challenge the 2014 election. We had evidence about how our people were brutalised in Ado, Oye, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Efon, Ijero, Ikole, Ekiti East and Ikere local governments. Despite this, we resolved to accept the results and look for other grounds if we are going to challenge the results.
“If will look at the political affairs of Ekiti in the last four years, one would realise that the APC didn’t give Governor Fayose any distraction. At a time, our voices were not even heard and that
necessitated the boast by the governor that APC no longer exists in Ekiti.
“In advanced clime, once election is conducted, everybody will be on the same page. They will jettison personal interest for state or
national interest and that is what democracy is all about. It is about the people.
“No election is perfect all over the world. The elections that brought both Fayose and Fayemi were eye openers that anybody can win
election in Ekiti provided the people approve of it.
“I want to appeal to our brothers in PDP to accept the verdict and allow the will of Ekiti electorate, who spoke eloquently through the
ballot to prevail,” he said.