Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said nothing is haunting him and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the people of the state go to poll next Saturday to elect a new governor, but that he and his party were only demanding the conduct of credible, free and fair election, declaring that plan to use what the “Edo State option” in Ekiti next Saturday will fail.
Fayose This is just as the governor said he won the June 21, 2014 governorship election fair and square and that the credibility of the election was attested to by local and international observers such as the American Government, the British Department for International Development (DFID) among others, adding; “In the contrary, both local and international observers, including the media rejected the election that produced his successor.”
The governor, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, was reacting to a statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, that the governor and the PDP were being haunted and jittery about the coming election.
“Oshiomole’s secret plan to use his fraudulent Edo template in Ekiti will never work and it will attract injurious consequences. This is because Ekiti people are resolutely determined to resist rigging right on the spot. “Contrary to Adams’ diatribe, rumour peddling and rabble rousing unbecoming of an ex- governor and national chairman of the ruling party, Fayose and PDP are only interested in credible election. “Fayose and PDP are raising the alarm because of tell-tale signs that APC and Fayemi are plotting to rig the election.
“The statements by top APC leaders including its former chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun that they must capture Ekiti by all means are very instructive in this regard. ” Nigerians witnessed the blatant rigging of Ondo and Edo governorship elections by the APC. In Ondo, it was shameless vote buying. In Edo they stopped vote counting when it was clear PDP was winning and changed the results overnight. Seeing these, who will ask us to stay stupid? “Adams Oshiomhole was the mastermind of Edo rigging. He is only calling Fayose the name that rightly belongs to him (Oshiomhole),” he said.
Fayose added that the 2014 governorship election that the APC and its leaders tried to rubbish, was declared by US and international community as free and fair and as reference point for future elections in Nigeria. “If Adams Oshiomhole still has problems with that election, he should address his misgivings to the US and international community.