By Michael Eboh
Indigenes of Ekiti State, under the aegis of Ekiti Panupo Forum have called for resolution of all electoral disputes before the commencement of the 2011 elections.
A statement issued Tuesday, by Mr. Banjo Ogunrosoye, General Secretary of the group, said a situation where electoral grievances and petitions are being attended to at the tribunals when preparation for the next election is due, is untenable.
He also called for a reform of the countryâ€™s electoral system, so as to prevent reccuring crisis witnessed during the last elections.
He said, â€œThe various elections conducted in theÂ past in the country had shown that the present electoral system is structurally deficient. There is no gainsaying that the nation deserves genuine electoral reforms that will usher in political credibility and stability such as would make the experiences of 2007 a thing of the pastâ€.
Speaking further he said, â€œThe Nigerian state has been subjected to series of caricature, lies and inertia with regard to theÂ health of President Umar Yarâ€™Adua. â€œNigeriansÂ have been fed with lies concerning the health of the President because of selfish interest of a greedy ruling class.
â€œBy now, those behind these deceptive tendencies must have realized how much damage they have caused the nation by avoiding the path of truth on the medical challenges of the President.
â€œWe urge all applicable arms of government to be guided by the appropriate constitutional provisions and act accordingly.
â€œWe equally call on the Nigerian ruling class to rise to the challenge of governanceÂ instead of pursuing the path of dishonour which the country has been subjected to over the health of the President.
â€œGlobally, it is high time for Nigeria to be decisive on fundamental national issues if we want to move forward as a progressive nation and occupy our rightful place in the international community.
â€œIn as much as it is desirable to have a generally representative and acceptable common voice or platform, our politicians must accept the reality that such platforms must emerge through negotiations and consensus -building.
â€œEkitipanupo implores all the constituent states toÂ first establish a generally acceptable platforms in their domains, constituencies and localities and then align with one another on the basis of values they stand for.â€