By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADo-EKITI—GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, yesterday, declared that the 2018 elections in Ekiti and Osun states will be a litmus test for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, police and other security agencies.
Fayose, who appealed to the electoral commission and the security agencies to be transparent and not jeopardise the confidence people have in them, said it is only a free and fair election that can guarantee peace.
Speaking at the 2018 edition of the Women’s Day, Fayose said: “I visited INEC recently and I told it not to come to Ekiti to rig for me, I don’t need them. They should not also come to Ekiti and rig election for APC.”
On the reconciliatory effort by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to douse the crisis over the endorsement of his deputy, Fayose said he is ready to back either his Deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola or the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye after the PDP primary.
The governor hinted that nothing would make him waver on his support for his Deputy to succeed him in the July 14 poll, assuring other contestants that he would ensure level-playing ground in the primary.
His words: “In the spirit of understanding we had with the Senator David Mark-led reconciliation committee, knowing that we have more than one aspirant, I will ensure a level-playing ground. I have pitched my tent with Prof Olusola and I stand with him, today and tomorrow. We are going to give everybody equal right at the primary.”
The governor also urged Ekiti women to collect their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to make his continuity agenda realizable.
“I want to use this opportunity to tell the international community that I am a one-man army opposition to APC in Nigeria and what they want to do is to rig election here in Ekiti but we shall resist them,” he said.