Ekiti conducts referendum for creation of 18 local government areas

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Ekiti State Government  on Saturday conducted  a state-wide  referendum on the creation of  18 local government areas in the state.

The referendum was held in 137 out of the 177 electoral wards in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Ekiti governor-elect,  Mr Ayo Fayose, had urged the people to boycott the reference being conducted  by Gov. Kayode Fayemi, who would leave office in October.

A NAN correspondent who monitored the exercise, reports that there  was  large turn-out  in places like Ikere-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Ifaki-Ekiti, Okemesi-Ekiti and Iyin-Ekiti.

The turn-out in  Ire-Ekiti and Ikoro-Ekiti, and other areas  was not impressive.

Former governor Niyi Adebayo and the  Commissioner for Cooperation and Integration, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, both chieftains of APC in Iyin-Ekiti and Ikere-Ekiti commended the exercise, describing it as “free and fair.”

But the PDP’s  Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Kolawole, described the exercise as“ a failure, null and void.”(NAN)

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