By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti-The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Sunday declared that the threat by members of the opposition parties to boycott the proposed local government elections won’t stop the state from going ahead with the election.
According to him, for the country to have virile and functional local government system, the third tier of government would have to be strengthened for effective delivery of democratic dividends to the people and
“Electoral Act is very clear, boycott of election doesn’t nullify the outcome of any election. Just like I have said, we will not compromise anything. We shall allow the people to choose who to govern them”, Fayose said.
“Not everybody can come to Ado-Ekiti to see the governor, but people at local level can readily relate with council bosses. Moreover, the state cannot do all things, it is the local government that will complement that.
“We are therefore committed to a virile local government system and we are going to hold local government elections in this state by December 19 this year by the grace of God.
“If it is only one political party that is ready to take part in the poll, no problem. Boycotting election has never been used to annul elections in the country, ” he added
The State Independent Electoral Commission, had slated the elections for December19, 2015, while nomination forms have been sold to interested parties for councillorship and chairmanship positions.
Feelers from the main opposition in the state, All Progressives Congress revealed that the party has not shown any interest whatsoever, it has also gone to court to challenge the composition of the State Independent Electoral Commission on the premise that members of the electoral body were card-carrying members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party.
But at a thanksgiving marking his 55th birthday in Ado Ekiti , Fayose posited that the threat of boycott notwithstanding, the State would go ahead and conduct the elections.
The governor commended the people of the State, leaders of the PDP and his political appointees for being steadfast, saying their contributions have helped him to rise to stardom after his political travails.
Fayose posited that the State government cannot provide all the basic needs of the people, hence the need to fortify the local government administration, to be able to respond to the yearnings of the people.
Fayose charged members of his political family to continue to forge ahead in unity, reminding that allowing disunity to creep into their ranks may spell doom for the PDP.
The governor also assured that his government won’t persecute anyone on account of political affiliation, saying government would rather provide enabling political atmosphere for people to realize their ambitions.