Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has said the successful conduct of the local government election by his administration is a promise made to the people that has been kept. Fayose, who spoke in Afao-Ekiti at the weekend, said he was the first governor in the South-west geo-political zone to conduct local government election in the last few years.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission, Justice Kayode Bamisile, in a results released to journalists on Saturday night indicated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cleared all the 16 chairmanship and 177 councillorship seats, as All Progressives Congress (APC) staged a boycott. The following results, according to SIEC, were results from each council area: Moba Local Government, PDP candidate polled 11,247 votes to emerge victorious , Ijero, PDP 22,612, Oye, PDP 18,899, Ido-Osi , PDP 14,856, Irepodun, PDP 32,298, Ilejemeje, PDP 6993, Efon, PDP 9661. Others include: Ise-Orun, PDP 9661, Emure , PDP 14,853,Ado PDP 47,120, Ikere, PDP 19,750, Gbonyin, PDP 22,456, Ekiti East, PDP 17,373, Ikole, PDP 20777, Ekiti West, PDP 17,815. The governor, who described the use of caretaker committees to run local government system as an aberration, said the hallmark of a genuine democrat was allowing people to express their choice on who governs them. “It is an electoral promise by my administration and we have fulfilled the promise. Today, we stand out as the state that has conducted local government election. We did not expect the unpopular APC to take part in the election. “It is important that we do not usurp the rights of our people. Despite APC’s plan to use court to stop the election, the people came out to vote.
The APC people are afraid because they did not want to suffer huge electoral loss again. We won all seats in the general elections and we are winning all the 16 chairmanship and the 177 councillorship seats. The APC are not on ground and they have failed woefully in the state,” he said. The governor added that to assist as many people as possible, the incoming councillors would use N20,000 out of their monthly salaries to empower two persons in their wards. Meanwhile following the victory, the victorious chairmen from the 16 local government areas are expected to be sworn-in today by Fayose.
Their inauguration would come up at the governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti, shortly after collecting certificate of return from the state independent electoral commission. In a statement by Idowu Adelusi, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayo Fayose, all the new chairmen, party leaders, traditional rulers and guests of the chairmen are expected to attend the occasion. Meanwhile, the governor has said the successful conduct of the local government election by his administration is a promise made to the people that has been kept.