Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekit State has expressed worry over inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible and conclusive elections since the advent of the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC government.
” Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka quoted the governor as saying that, “If we have
done more than 15 elections since President Buhari assumed office and
all ended inconclusive, it is obvious that we are tending towards
“It is becoming very clear that votes of Nigerians are no longer allowed
to count under this APC government and one wonders if President Buhari
would have been elected if the system then did not allow free and fair
” Governor Fayose said Nigerians should be more concerned with
institutionalising democracy than the issue of who wins election, adding
that, “The only duty the APC government owes Nigerians is to allow for a
system that will make them to be able to elect their leaders freely.
“This system was created and allowed to flourish by the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) government. The APC, which is obviously desperate
to hijack power at all levels through open manipulation of the
electoral process must know that preventing people’s votes from counting
is a clear invitation to anarchy.
“As it is, APC stalwarts are using security agents to unleash violence
on Nigerians during elections because they know that the president won’t
lift a finger provided his party members are the ones perpetrating
” The governor said the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu should be
worried about the image of the electoral commission under him. While
urging INEC to be mindful of its importance to the sustenance of
democracy in Nigeria, Governor Fayose said the electoral body must
maintain its independence and impartiality at all times.
“Nigeria was already getting that important aspect of democracy, which
is election right before the advent of this APC government and the
government, especially INEC should be mindful of what history will
present concerning them,” said Fayose.