2018: U.S to ensure free, fair election in Ekiti
The United State of America (U.S.A) ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart
Symington has assured that his country will work with all stakeholders in
order to ensure that July 14, 2018 gubernatorial election in the state is
free, fair and credible. This was also as he commended the governor of
Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on laudable infrastructural development in the
Symington, who visited governor Fayose alongside his aide, Mima Torres, and
was received with pomp at the Ayoba House in the governor office, said he
was impressed with the patriotic zeal of Nigerians, saying: "
Nigeria, are proud to be Nigerians, when you ask them what they love most
about their country, they would say it is our our resilience, energy,
diversity, unity and friendliness"
The U.S envoy who told governor Fayose that his three years in office has
been keenly observed by the U.S, said the infrastructural development
strides of the governor is commendable.
Stating the purpose for his visit to the state, Symington said: "We are in
Ektiti because we believe in Nigeria, every state, every corner matters.
We have seen what you have done in the last three years, it is very
Our concern in U.S is that we want to see leaders who care about others and
Symington also urged Fayose to support to ensure support for Ekiti woman
who are interested in Agriculture, he revealed that the U.S is particularly
interested in what programme governor Fayose has for the Nation as a
He stressed on the need for free, fair and credible elections , and
promised that the U.S will ensure that subsequent elections in Nigeria,
particularly in Anambra and Ekiti States are free and fair and credible.
" The U.S will work with other stakeholders to ensure that elections are
free, fair and credible in Nigeria. We believe that we must have elections
where people will be ready and willing to participate in, that is, a
peaceful and orderly election, "Symington said.
Responding, Governor Fayose said the major problem retarding the growth of
the country was poor attitude by the people and the insincerity of leaders.
He decried a situation where those claiming to be fighting corruption do so
with some people being their targets.
He recalled that despite many allegations and petitions against the
immediate past governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, he has not been
investigated or charged to court because he is a chieftain of the ruling
All Progressives Congress. He also decried the various intimidation,
harassment and illegal detention of Ekiti government officials by ruling
federal government agents.
"Our greatest challenge is not corruption but insincerity of leaders. Those
claiming to fight corruption are not sincere. Without justice, we can't
move forward. There must be equity in the way we do things. Being selective
in the fight against corruption will not take us anywhere.
On his presidential ambition, Fayose assured the U.S envoy that he is
eminently qualified to rule the nation: "I have the required experience to
lead this country. I have worked with the presidents we have elected into
office in this country and am able to manage the economy of my state
despite lean resources. In the US and the UK they ask you your experience
when seeking for a job not your paper qualifications. I have managed a poor
economy in my state and that shows my ability to deliver," he said.
On the coming governorship election in the state, Fayose said the
opposition would not be able to win 10 out of the 177 wards in the state.
He urges the U.S to ensure the Nigerian government allows a free and fair
election. He assures that his government and party would play the game with
"We are in firm control and the people are in our support. We just want to
appeal to America and the international community to keep an eye on the
poll. We don't want INEC to come to our state with preloaded card readers
or manipulate the process. We are sure to repeat the victory of 2014 when
we won on all local government areas," he stated.
The governor also urged the U.S envoy to give special consideration to
Ekiti indigenes who are awarded government scholarship for studies and
training in U.S, saying denying them visas on grounds that they may not
return isn't helping the situation. He assured U.S that all indigenes whose
traveling is okayed by his government are well behaved people.
Also speaking, Chairman of the House of Assembly Committee on Information,
Dr Samuel Omotoso accused the federal government of punishing the People of
Ekiti State because of the alternate views of Governor Fayose.
"As we all know Your Excellency, Democracy must encourage alternate views.
The people of Ekiti state are suffering unjustly because of the alternate
views of our Governor.
"Twice, the State Allocation has been stopped with serious collateral
damages on emergencies like immunisation and maintenance of the cold chain
system as well as the inability of the State to meet her financial
obligations to the citizens.
"We adopted the American model of democracy in Nigeria where States and
Federal should coexist peacefully but this is not applicable in modern day
"Mr President is supposed to be a father to all after the election but what
we have is the reverse. It’s all forms of segregation and discrimination
across the land.
The Federal Government through the institutions encourages double standards
across boards," he said.