Ekiti election: APC heads to court, says election not free and fair.


The news reaching us claims that The APC at the end of the first meeting of its National Working
Committee, NWC declared the just-concluded election at Ekiti state which favoured the PDP candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose as neither
free nor fair as it claimed that the process that led to it was
skewed to favour PDP.

The party said it had as such directed its members and officials
who were arrested or limited in the days leading to the election to
seek legal redress.
In a communiqué of the meeting issued by the party’s National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated thus:

”In order to prevent a recurrence of what happened in Ekiti,
especially the militarisation of the process, the harassment and
intimidation of citizens, especially those in opposition, my party
has decided to challenge in court some of these constitutional
breaches and will also encourage our leaders and supporters, who
were arrested, harassed and intimidated to seek the enforcement
of their fundamental rights that were recklessly abridged by the
security agencies.”

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The publicity secretary further stated that: “We believe that the events leading to the D-Day in Ekiti negate the principles of a free, fair and credible election. From the militarisation of the election to the police attack on our supporters, arrest and detention of our leaders across the state and the use of huge funds to induce voters, the federal authorities skewed everything in favour of the PDP.”

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According to him: “With thousands of armed troops, police, state
security and civil defence personnel deployed to Ekiti, the state
was simply under a total locked down.

The PDP also responded to the APC communiqué yesterday,through
National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said the APC was
about to resort to what he claimed were the party’s old behaviour
as he claimed the party was set to cause mayhem in Ekiti State.
Noting that the communiqué of the APC demonstrates their
‘preference for anarchy and blind homage to nihilism and
destruction of the democratic order’, Metuh said: “The APC has
once again confirmed that it is nothing but a chaotic organisation,
totally averse to democracy and orderliness. It has shown that it is
a party of desperate, frustrated and violent individuals promoting a
Janjaweed ideology.”

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