Conduct Of Ekiti LG Poll: Promise Kept—Fayose

By Lere Olayinka

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 on Saturday, said he was glad that he

was the first governor in the South-West geo-political zone to conduct

local government election in the last few years.
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 All Progressives

Congress 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.
On the financial situation in the country, Fayose accused the APC-led

Federal Government of double standards as far as the issue of oil

subsidy is concerned.
"When President Goodluck Jonathan wanted to remove subsidy, the APC

were on the street. They failed to see reason and played politics of

inciting the people against the government.
Now, they want to remove the same subsidy and I challenge labour

leaders at federal and state levels to defend the future of the

country," he stated.
Fayose also warned those conspiring against his government, saying his

return to power was divine and that such conspiracy would fail.