Party Intimidated by Fayemi’s Development Agenda – APC
The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) in Ekiti State has declared it would not take part in the forthcoming local government election in the State slated to 4th of December.
The election would take place in the sixteen Local Governments and the newly created nineteen Local Council Development Areas,(LCDAs).
The Chairman of the PDP State working Committee Hon. Lanre Omolase at a crucial meeting with the party stakeholders held at the party Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, directed all PDP members to boycott the council poll, warning that the ruling All Progressive Congress ,(APC ) is not capable of conducting any peaceful, free and fair democratic contest without violence.
The PDP in a statement on Friday, by its State Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, described the ruling party as a nest of blood sucking monsters who do not discriminate between the opposition and their own members when thirsty for blood.
” If party members don’t hesitate to kill one another during their congresses and primary elections, what should an opposition party expect in a general election? The APC is populated by violent individuals that don’t believe in free and fair elections.”
The opposition party also alleged that “the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission ,(SIEC) is not an impartial umpire, because it failed to adequately inform other parties about the local government election.
“How can the Ekiti SIEC convince us of impartiality when it is ready to conduct elections in the new LCDAs that were created for political reasons without considering their viability? Why did it take Governor Kayode Fayemi this long to create the LCDAs? We are not going to be part of this electoral fraud”
“We cannot forget in a hurry that the last
APC ward congress in the state was marred with violence across the 177 wards in Ekiti State, leading to the death of one man ,named Oluwaseun Olajide and serious body injuries inflicted on many people .”
The opposition party added that the wave of violence unleashed on innocent Ekiti people by the APC sponsored thugs which started during the 2017 local government elections that APC contested against itself and a man was killed in Ikere Ekiti are indications of what to expect in subsequent local elections as long as the party is in power in the state .
Adeyanju added that:
“Recently in March,2021 some APC sponsored thugs invaded a polling unit in Omuo-Ekiti, during the House of Assembly bye-election in Ekiti East constituency 1 conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), they killed three persons including a police officer”
The PDP spokesman observed that the only way to stop killing in Ekiti State is for electorates to free themselves from the killer party by voting it out of power In 2022 .
” We all know that the PDP is the only party that can protect our collective interest, guarantee peace and security.
We are are going to take part in all other elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in order to dislodge the incompetent administration of the APC controlled government”, he said.
Reacting, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ade Ajayi stated that the boycott substantiated the fact that the PDP is overwhelmed by the achievements of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
He added that the ruling party would have preferred the forthcoming local government elections are made highly competitive, stressing that the party won’t force the opposition to participate in the LG polls.
“If they said they are not going to participate, that is their own cup of tea. We won’t force them. That was a signal that they have been rejected by Ekiti people.
“If you go round the State, you will see what Governor Fayemi is doing in terms of projects everywhere. The APC popularity is soaring by the day and that has got the PDP confounded , hence, the withdrawal ,because of the fear that their party would lose all the chairmanship and councillorship oh seats to our great party.
“Let me say this expressly, come 2022, the APC’s will have a resounding victory in the governorship election in Ekiti State. So, that is their headache,” Ajayi said.