Ekiti Residents Elect New LG Chairmen, Councillors

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By; OLADELE ADEDAY0, Ado-Ekiti

Eligible Voters across the 16 local Government area of Ekiti state on Saturday exercised their civic responsibility by electing new Chairmen and Councillors into the 16 Council areas and 177 Wards respectively to pilot the affairs in the state.

The polls,however witnessed impressive turnout out across the 2,195 polling units and in the 16 local government areas.

In some of the polling units visited at Okesa, Okeyinmi and Ajilosun
areas of the State capital, Ado-Ekiti,election materials arrived at the polling units at about 9am instead of 8am .

Parties that participated in the polls are: People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Action Democratic Party (ADP), Peoples Party of
Nigeria (PPN), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Peoples Democratic Action (PDA).

Security agents, particularly the police were deployed in all the
polling units while some observer groups were seen monitoring the
polls.

Though, the fuel scarcity caused lateness of materials in some local
governments like Ilejemeje, Otun, and Efon , but the exercise
eventually held.

The Chairman of the Ekiti State Independent Electoral
Commission (EKSIEC), Justice Kayode Bamisile, while monitoring the election, described the conduct as very peaceful and orderly.

The Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, who voted at Ward 7 at Ikere -Ekiti, said the elections witnessed massive turnout of voters in his town .

After voting at Imiro polling unit at Odo Oro-Ekiti in Ikole local
government area, a member of the House of Representatives,
representing Ekiti North Federal constituency 1, Hon Kehinde Agboola,described the exercise as very impressive and orderly.

“I know that the PDP will sweep all the elections, we are on ground.
This will serve as a test case for the 2018 governorship and send a
signal that the PDP is still the party to beat”, he said.

The Secretary to the State Governor, Dr. Modupe Alade , who voted at her unit OO8 in Ifaki-Ekiti , commended Governor Ayodele Fayose for reposing confidence in the local government system and working hard to strengthen it.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, voted in
his Are -Ekiti homestead and described the exercise as very
impressive and orderly, praising the electorate for having belief in
the third tier of government, the closest to the grassroots.

However,in spite of the restriction order placed by Governor Ayodele Fayose on human and vehicular movements between 8am and 2pm, some motorists were found driving on the major roads.

Some traders also appeared at their duty posts to do minor
transactions as the elections lasted.

But elections had nearly concluded by 12noon because of the
orderliness of the electoral exercise.

The elections were peaceful in Gbonyin, Ikole, Oye, Ikere , Ise and
other local government areas of the state.

The SIEC Chairman added that the results of the elections will be
declared later on Saturday after being collated at the local
government and ward levels.

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