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Ekiti poll: INEC, Police, others deserve commendation, says PDP chieftain

Contrary to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) position on the July 14, governorship election in Ekiti State that produced the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi as governor-elect, a chieftain of the PDP in the state, Hon. Opeyemi Falegan has described the outcome of the poll as a reflection of Ekiti people’s will to restore the value of nobility, honesty, and integrity.

The PDP chieftain also commended the major stakeholders especially the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Police, security agencies and electorates over what he described as the peaceful conduct of the election in the state.

According to him, “The peaceful, transparent, credible and hitch-free nature of the poll was as a result of patriotic conduct of all stakeholders that participated before, during and after the exercise.”

Falegan gave the commendation shortly after the announcement of the winner of the poll, Dr Kayode Fayemi of APC in a release made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

The candidate of the APC, Dr Fayemi had pulled a total number of 197,459 votes in a keenly contested governorship election to defeat the PDP candidate who pulled 178,121 votes.

“This is to say the least that the outcome of the poll reflects the true position of people of the state because of the maladministration by the present governor and his few cohorts.

“The electoral body has again unequivocally proved to the world that, Nigeria is a nation with people of integrity and honour through another credible, transparent, free and fair governorship election in Ekiti State.

“All the process before, during and after the election could be said to have met an average international electoral standard of the 21st century in all ramifications through an unbiased electoral body, INEC and cooperation of all other stakeholders.

“And despite provocations by some politicians, all security agencies also lived above board at discharging their duties in a professional way in order to have an acceptable poll, hence a thumb up for them as well.

“Ekiti people in particular have again demonstrated that the state still value men of integrity and honour than any other thing and that they will always measure everybody with their performance in governance no matter the propaganda the government is dishing out to them.”

“The latest development will no doubt bring back the lost glory, dignity, nobleness and integrity of Ekiti State that had been thrown away by the present administration and replaced same with thuggery, lies, fraud and sub- standard projects to siphon the state resource.

“The thoughtfulness and determination of the people to stand firm in order to enthrone a good governance of all inclusiveness devoid of greed is commendable. And the development will pave way for a meaningful development through the cooperation of all,” he said.

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