The Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti issued Certificates of Return to the 16 elected local government chairmen in the state.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the election, which was conducted on Saturday, was rejected by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Commission’s Chairman, Justice Jide Aladejana, said the electoral body was bound by law to issue the certificates to the elected officers.
He said that the commission would not be deterred by any form of threat in conducting its statutory and independent duties
We are not under any political party and should not be dragged into any party crisis, we are independent and we must remain so,” he said.
The EKSIEC chairman urged the elected officials to consider their election as a call to service for the benefit of the people.
Don’t forget the people you represent and the responsibilities upon you; make sure you deliver on your mandate,” he said.
The PDP had at a news conference addressed on Sunday by the State Chairman, Mr Gboyega Oguntuase, rejected the results, saying it did not reflect the true outcome of the election.
”The local government election results announced by EKSIEC are incorrect and unacceptable to the party and people of the state.
”We shall not relent in fighting this cause to its logical conclusion, “he had said.
(Edited by: Hawa Lawal/Mufutau Ojo)
Edo 2020: Gov. Emmanuel congratulates Obaseki, urges him to deliver more
Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for his victory in the governorship election held on Saturday Sept. 19.
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party ((PDP) was declared winner by INEC when he pulled a total vote of 307,955 to defeat the closest rival and the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
The congratulatory message is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Emmanuel, Mr Ekerete Udoh, and given to newsmen in Uyo on Sunday.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Akwa Ibom State, I join our brethren in Edo to congratulate our Brother, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, for securing the trust and faith of the good people of Edo State to superintend over the affairs of the State for another four years.
“As I have always said, a good job delivered well means more job to be done.
“I have no doubt that you will step up to the plate and deliver big time for the Edo people.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Renown Ibadan-born businessman, Adegoke joins APC officially in Oyo
He made the announcement while addressing his supporters on Sunday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke, a political disciple of Sen. Rasheed Ladoja, is the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland.
NAN also recalled that Adegoke contested the House of Representatives seat for Ibadan South-West/North-West Federal constituency in 2015 on the platform of Accord Party (AP) and lost.
He was also part of those who worked for the emergence of the present administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Adegoke, who is eyeing the Oyo South Senatorial seat, said his decision was after several consultation with his political associates, leaders and supporters across the 33 local government of the state.
Adegoke thanked his supporters for their concern on the matter, saying there was no cause for alarm.
According to him, “Few days ago there was a fake news story that I, Olooye Adegboyega Taofeek Adegoke has decided to stay back in the PDP.
Supporters expressed joy over the news coming from their political leader and benefactor.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Obaseki’s reelection is triumph of democracy – Gov. Diri
Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa has congratulated his Edo counterpart, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election, describing the victory as triumph of democracy in the state.
Diri said Obaseki’s resounding victory as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was a triumph for democracy and, indeed, the people of Edo .
The governor, in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Sunday by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, observed that people’s power, as expressed in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo remained the most potent force in any democracy.
He, therefore, commended the electoral umpire for upholding the will of the Edo people in spite of reported pressure to unduly influence the outcome of the poll.
The governor, noted that Obaseki’s re-election would give greater impetus to development of the state as he remained the most popular choice of the people.
“This victory belongs to Edo people, who have proved they can make their votes count. People’s power in any democracy is the most potent force.
“I, therefore, congratulate my brother and colleague, Obaseki, on his resounding victory as declared by INEC.
“His re-election has shown and proven that he is, indeed, a man of the people. So, I urge him to be magnanimous in victory.
“I also commend INEC, for upholding democracy and for allowing the will of Edo people to prevail.
“Democracy in Nigeria will be strengthened when democratic institutions play their stipulated roles without undue interference,” he said.
The Bayelsa governor further congratulated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for securing yet another heartwarming victory in Edo.
He said that he was particularly delighted that all the states in the South-South region now belonged to the PDP family.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
APC rejects result of Edo governorship election
Chairman of the Edo APC Media Campaign Council, Mr John Mayaki, said in a statement that the party rejected the result, citing alleged strong arm tactics in the process.
“Our people were arbitrarily arrested, many of the figures were fabricated.
“Areas where we won, they cancelled them, they decreased the votes in areas we had advantage. They rejected our results and jerked up theirs,” Mayaki said.
According to him, the election was characterised by arbitrary arrests of local party members who could have resisted the outrage, while Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was busy diverting attention with false alarm.
“Obaseki shouted that he was being rigged out and blamed INEC at the initial stage but that was to divert attention from the evil going on in the field,” Mayaki said.
He, however, thanked the APC loyalists for the support and urged them to remain calm as the party leaders were studying the result and would soon announce their decision and course of action.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Donald Ugwu