We're ready for APC at tribunal -Ekiti REC

Source: pointblanknews.com

Independent National Electoral Commission in Ekiti State has assured to cooperate in the prosecution of the petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in the State.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Halilu Pai, gave the assurance during a telephone conversation with journalists on Friday in Ado-Ekiti.

The All Progressives Congress is challenging the victory of the Governor-elect and Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidate, Mr. Ayodele Fayose,  in the June 21 poll.

INEC declared Fayose winner of the election ahead of the incumbent governor and candidate of the APC, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

The three-man tribunal chaired by Justice Mohammed Sirajo on Wednesday granted an order for the INEC to allow the APC unfettered access to inspect electoral materials  used in the June 21 governorship election.

Pai said, “There is no cause for alarm. Immediately we got wind of the petition filed by APC, we contacted the Police and the State Security Service to beef up security around our warehouse.

“And I want to tell you now that the place is under serious security watch. There is no reason to fear whether those materials will be tampered with.

“ We are going to protect them and ensure that we make them  available to all parties as directed by the Tribunal  as the trial progresses .We have demonstrated partisanship in our dealings with all political parties and we will continue to maintain this.”

The INEC, however, affirmed that the results that were  declared  across the 177 wards by the staff of the commission were true representations of the wishes of Ekiti electorate.

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