By Gbenga Ariyibi
ADO EKITI—Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday berated the state House of Assembly for approving the creation of additional 19 Local Government Development Areas, LGDAs, in the state, saying the House acted illegally.
The party in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Pastor Kola Oluwawole, equally faulted the increase in the number of the councils from 18 to 19 when referendum was conducted for 18 councils
According to the statement “We are still in court challenging the legality of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission and the body went ahead to organise an illegal referendum. The Assembly added more illegality to an illegal act by increasing the number of the councils.
”We are restating the fact that both State Independent Electoral Commission and Assembly are into illegal acts. You cannot build something on nothing and we are a law abiding party and are calling on the people of the state to take note of what the outgoing government of the All Progressives Congress is doing.”
However, reacting to the allegation by the PDP that it secured court’s injunction stopping the House from going ahead with the creation of local government, the Speaker of the House, Adewale Omirin, said no such injunction was received by the House
On the allegation that the House decided to create 19 LGDAs, when referendum was conducted for 18 councils, Omirin said the House’s action was based on the petition by the people of Ajoni-Oreniwa in Ikole Local Government.
Meanwhile, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, PAAM, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to safeguard all materials used during the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
PAAM, which accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of desperately plotting to rubbish the election results by replacing the used ballot papers with those already printed in China, said; “the Ekiti election has restored INEC credibility and the electoral commission must guard jealously all materials used for the election.”