The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has confronted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC with video evidence of pre-loading of card readers in the state. The challenge came a day after a National Commissioner with INEC, Mrs Aminat Zakari, challenged the governor to prove allegations that she had conspired with others to pre-load card readers, supply faulty card readers and provide ballot papers for stuffing of ballot boxes.
Speaking on Tuesday at a town hall meeting organized by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room for governorship candidates in Ado Ekiti, Fayose also tackled the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Bello and the Director of the Department of State Services, Mrs Promise Ihenacho, for allegedly deploying security aides of former governor Kayode Fayemi to Ekiti State to rig the July 14 governorship election.
The governor pointed out that Fayemi’s ex-Chief Security Officer, Hakeem Abiola, and former Aide de camp, Adeyemi Ajayi, are already in the state to coordinate indiscriminate arrest of the members of the opposition.
The governor tendered video evidence of people allegedly pre-loading card readers in Akure ahead of the election to the National Commissioner in charge of Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states, Mr Solomon Soyebi. But dismissing the video, Soyebi said the card readers to be used for the election are already in Ekiti and have not been configured.
Also, the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakub, described the governor’s allegations as untrue and baseless. Rather than malign them at press conferences, Yakub urged the governor to make any evidence of wrongdoing available to the Commission for appropriate action. INEC reiterated its resolve to conduct a credible, free and fair election that would be a model for other elections in Nigeria