A 2019 presidential aspirant and founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has said that the true winners of the just concluded Ekiti State governorship election are those who demonstrated that they will continue to reject the lie that they have no options than to select either of the two major political parties, the All Progressives Party (APC) or Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Sowore in a statement by his political association, Take It Back Movement and signed by its Director of Public Relations and Communication, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, congratulated all residents of Ekiti State for their conduct during the poll.
He noted that of the 909,585 registered voters in Ekiti and 667,270 (73.3%) that collected their PVCs, only 375,580 voted for both APC and PDP. “This implies that almost 58.7% of the Ekiti electorate chose not to be a part of the sham political process.”
The statement reads in part: “TakeitBack Movement on Ekiti Elections: APC and PDP’s shameful conduct in Ekiti confirm they are two sides of the same bad coin. We salute the great people of Ekiti State for their peaceful conduct during the recent gubernatorial election.
“We must also commend INEC for their conduct of the elections and for the timely release of the election results.
“Despite the shameful behaviour of both the APC and PDP with their obscene and open attempts to purchase votes, as well as the high-handed conduct of the security forces, the people of Ekiti still had their say, peacefully, at the ballot box.
“We wish to note that ultimately, the true winners of the Ekiti elections are the Nigerian people, who have demonstrated that they will continue to reject the lie that they have no options than to select one or the other of the APC or the PDP.
“Our Movement believes that this refusal to vote for either the APC or PDP, is further evidence that Nigerians are seeking an alternative progressive platform that will offer credible options to the corrupt, status quo political class.
“In February 2019, the great people of Ekiti, and indeed all Nigerians, will have an opportunity to vote in an election in which the TakeitBack Movement will present candidates of proven integrity and competence, for every office, from the Presidency through to Local Council Elections.”
Omoyele Sowore will be contesting in the 2019 general election. Although he has not officially announced a party, members of the movement say that a party will be announced before the end of July.