Friday night was a terrible experience for some associates of APC, Governor Kayode Fayemi as the soldiers in the state were said to have launched a crack down against his top aides. His campaign manager who is a member of the House of Reps and the state Commissioner for Finance were allegedly grabbed by soldiers acting on orders from above. Anyway, the APC leadership has send out a strong warning.
Election going on. PDP members are sharing Indomie Noodles to bribe voters:
Source on ground in Ekiti say the election is taking place, in spite of all the tension and the people are ready to cast their votes. As the people of Ekiti State decide on who their next governor would be through their votes, the three major political parties in the state have been grossly engaged in a battle of wills.
The major candidates contesting for the governorship election are Governor Kayode Fayemi (APC) Mr. Ayo Fayose (PDP) and Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele (LP).
Seven hundred and thirty-two thousand, one hundred and sixty-six voters registered for the election that is being conducted across 2,195 polling units in the state with 177 wards.
The governorship candidates are banking on their areas of stronghold as one of the major factors that would earn them victory.
According to investigation, the three candidates are popular in Ekiti Central Senatorial District of the state.
Fayose and Bamidele hail from Irepodun-Ifelodun Local Government Area, but with different categories of supporters. While Fayose was said to have depended on commercial motorcyclists and some civil servants for support, Fayemi depends on the elite and professionals, among others. Bamidele relies on some factions of the APC and the PDP.
Fayemi’s deputy, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, who is from the Ekiti Central, also makes the APC candidate to be popular in the senatorial district.
Fayemi’s popularity in Ekiti North Senatorial District, where he hails from, is also an advantage to him.
Investigation has, however, shown that the three major parties would share votes in Ado, Ikere, Efon and Irepodun-Ifelodun local government areas.
While PDP was also said to be popular in Ise-Orun and Ikole local government areas, APC is a major dominant party in Ekiti West and Ijero local government areas.
In Emure Local Government Area, LP is a dominant party, while APC and PDP are popular in Ekiti East and Oye local government areas.
The LP is likely to also share votes with PDP in Ido-Osi Local Government Area, but in Gboyin, Moba and Ekiti South-East local areas, APC and PDP will slug it out in their attempts to win votes.
The investigation, however, revealed that APC would carry the day in Ilejemeje Local Government Area.
The governorship candidates have, however, carried their campaign trains to various organisations, groups and individuals to seek support.
The candidates have also visited traditional rulers in their various palaces for royal blessing.
They promised effective leadership through the initiation and implementation of robust and people-friendly policies.
During their various campaigns, the candidates listed areas that would occupy their priorities with emphasis on workers’ welfare and investment in education.
For instance, Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress during the week took to Twitter in the last leg of his campaign for second term in office. Fayemi brought to fore the achievements recorded by his administration in the first term.
He tweeted, “Dear Ekiti people, it is four days to that day when we have to choose wisely. Let’s remember it’s one man, one vote as we cast our votes.
“For almost four years now, my team and I focused on restoring public confidence in government by putting the people first.
“We put the people first in development planning and execution by interacting with them on what their needs are.
“We reformed governance on the basis of openness, transparency, selfless-service, priority and accountability in the management of public funds.
“The results are there for all to see in the programmes and social welfare that we have delivered so far.
“I am inspired by those of you who strongly believe in the values of honour and integrity to continue to cast your lot with us.”
To seek sustained royal blessing, the APC candidate promised to continue to accord the welfare of Ekiti traditional rulers an utmost priority for them to perform the task of ensuring peace and stability in the state.
He stated this early in the week in Ado Ekiti while presenting vehicles to Attah of Ayede-Ekiti, Oba Mumini Orisagbemi, and the Olupole of Ipole-Iloro, Oba Oladele Babatola.
Represented by his Special Adviser, Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Aderemi Ajayi, Fayemi said all the monarchs in the 131 towns in the state were presented vehicles by his administration in 2013 with the exemption of the two traditional rulers, who had not ascended the throne at that time.
During last weekend rally organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union of Congress in his support, the APC candidate promised workers that his government would promote their welfare. Urging the people to come out on Saturday to vote for him, he said, “Nobody can intimidate us. It is true there are soldiers and police in town. We are the one paying their salary so they are here to protect us.”