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2011 ELECTIONS: EKITI LABOUR PARTY IS LABOURING IN VAIN - ONI’S AIDE

By Lere Olayinka

Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre has been described the Labour Party (LP) in Ekiti State as a congregation of failed and discredited politicians whose labour will continue to be in vain, adding that; “It is only jobless people, whose state of mind is questionable that would be making statements on behalf of an organisation like the Independent National Electoral Commission, which is capable of speaking for itself.”

Reacting to claim by the LP Chairman in the State, Biodun Falayi that he spoke with an official of INEC on a letter stating that the commission will not conduct governorship election in nine states, including Ekiti, Ojo-Lanre said the party only succeeded in advertising its narrow-mindedness, saying; “civilised minds should know that it is only INEC that can disclaim whatever statement or letter credited to it and not a political party.”

“But for the fact that unwarranted statement like this is capable of confusing the people, we would have ignored it because those characters in the LP do not deserve the attention of credible and development minded people.

“This is because INEC as a body has mechanism for disclaiming statements credited to it in the media and that mechanism is not dead yet.

“Honestly, we are not bothered by the issue of whether Governor Segun Oni's tenure ends in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Our primary concern is the provision of enduring democracy dividends for our people and that is exactly what the Oni-led administration has preoccupied itself with.

“The issue of when the governor's tenure ends is already settled by the Constitution and relevant Court pronouncements and until there is another Court pronouncement which will invalidate the existing one, debating on the tenure will amount to a waste of time and energy,” Ojo-Lanre said.

While advising the LP chairman to channel his energy and resources to the rehabilitation of the party's financier, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, whose mind appears to be facing serious torture by the ghost of Tunde Omojola, Dr. Ayo Daramola, the nine students of College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti and others that were murdered during his three and half years of despotic rule in the State, the governor's spokesperson said; “Even if governorship election is conducted next week, Fayose and his Labourers do not stand any chance.

“Nevertheless, it is important that these political harlots are told that life is about feasible things and not imaginations. As far as 2011 is concerned, INEC can only work with documented facts that are available to it.

“The first document is the certificate of return INEC issued to Engr. Segun Oni, which expires 2013 and the second is the swearing in document issued by Chief Judge of Ekiti State during the swearing in on May 6, 2009, which implies four year term as per Section 180 (2a) of the 1999 Constitution.

“It should also be noted that Governor Oni and the other eight governors did not write the law and did not ask INEC to make pronouncement. INEC has a job to do and as of today the reality before it is that the tenure of office of the nine governors referred to will not end in 2011 and the electoral body is not empowered to conduct elections in 2011 into offices that will not be vacant that year.