A group of concerned elders in Ekiti state, known as Igbimo Ure Ekiti has called on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to be unbiased while conducting the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The IUE also urged INEC to avoid being entangled in politicking so as to be free from the 2014 saga in the state’s governorship election that was characterised by involvement of soldiers in the alleged manipulations.
IUE spoke through a statement signed by its President, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi; and its Secretary, Sir Remi Omotoso, IUE urged the electoral body to let the people’s votes count.
“The saga of the 2014 election with the embarrassing revelation of the alleged involvement of soldiers in the alleged manipulation of the election process and the alleged confession of the deployment of funds to influence process have yet to be resolved. In the coming election, IUE appeals to INEC to be transparent, diligent and accountable in order to ensure that the election is not only proclaimed to be free and fair but actually seen to be free of any scandal.
““INEC should ensure that whatever technology is deployed for the election is foolproof and will be a convincing improvement on previous methods. The IUE expects INEC to be an independent, fair and reliable umpire.”
The group of concerned elders also went further in admonishing youths to stay away from political violence because it can destroy their future.
“Politicians should not make Ekiti youths political thugs, hirelings and cannon fodder during the process of the election. It must be realised that to destroy these youths physically, mentally or psychologically is tantamount to destroying the future of Ekiti State.”
Note that the Ekiti state governorship election is scheduled to hold on July 14, 2018.