Ekiti 2018: REC Alleges Threat To Life

INEC Chairman


As the Ekiti State Gubernatorial election hots up, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in the state, Prof. Abduganiy Raji has raised the alarm that he had received a lot of threats from politicians and even some elders in the last few days,calling him to conduct free, fair and credible poll or face the consequences.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital on Thursday, Raji said: “most of these threats were from elders alleging that we were one-sided.
“But they have forgotten that there are two sides to a coin, if you
don’t want INEC to do some things, you too must be cautious. I could a
party go and induced INEC staff? This is unacceptable.“We will use over 10,000 youth corps members for this election, can all of them be saints? Some will misbehave but we have to use
appropriate way to deal with them.
“Let me assure you this, I have told you that I will abide by the rules and I know my staff will comply with my stand”, he assured.

Prof. Raji said 21 out of the 42 political parties existing in Ekiti State are qualified to participate in the July 14 governorship poll.
He said though, INEC had received correspondences affirming existence of 42 parties in the state, stating that only 21 of them met the requirements of the Laws .
Present at the meeting were security chiefs in the state, led by
Police Commissioner, Mr Abdullahi Chafe, chairmen of political
parties, journalists and other critical stakeholders.Raji assured that the commission is relying on heavy deployment of
Information and Communication Technology(ICT) gadgets for the conduct of the election, saying this would make it difficult for any staff to manipulate the outcome.

“We were made to believe that there were 24 parties in Ekiti, but when I went round, I realized only 21 had full complements of structures that met the requirements of the laws.

“Some were even located in a corner shop where they sell biscuits. We even got another ten letters from other political parties of recent but we advised them to do the needful.

“We have got 33 notifications for party  congresses. But let me tell
our parties to always root their correspondences to us through the
office of our National Chairman, these are letters will recognize”.

Registration Areas and check their names on the  voter registers, so
that they can do claim and objection if names were missing.

The Commissioner of Police assured that the security agencies will maintain neutrality by being fair to all the parties.

Chafe appealed to politicians to show maturity in their  campaigns and pasting of posters to reduce crises that are daily being reported by parties.

“ICT deployment by INEC has really helped the electioneering process
in Nigeria. It has reduced the incidences of thuggery, ballot stuffing and snatching during elections.

On reports that some politicians used to pay posters in police
stations, Chafe said: “But this issue of posters is becoming too

“I am still going to hold a meeting with you where you will agree
whether you will be using posters or handbills, so I can instruct my
men to arrest and detain whoever breaches the regulation.

The Chairmen of PDP, Barr Gboyega Oguntuase, his counterpart in Labour Party, Mr. Banji  Omotoso and the APC Publicity Secretary, Hon. Taiwo
Olatunbosun, promised to rein in their members for peaceful conduct of the poll.


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