The women wing of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has vowed that the presence of soldiers or political thugs will not intimidate them from casting their votes during the governorship election slated for June 21 in the state.
The women, led by the state’s First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, said this at a campaign rally for Governor Kayode Fayemi’s re-election at Efon alaye, Ijero and Ekiti West Local Government Area, on Monday.
According to a statement by her Chief Press Secretary, Akin Oyedele, on Tuesday, the campaign train also stopped at Oja Oba, Oke-Imesi and Oja Oba Ipoti-Ekiti, where Mrs. Fayemi bought commodities above the selling prices as part of her market outreach and women empowerment.
She also urged the women to be steadfast in their campaign for the governor through to the Election Day, no matter the stumbling blocks set before them by the opposition.
She was quoted as saying: “If they bring soldiers on the day of the election, please don’t allow that to intimidate you. Arrive at the polling unit early and don’t go their wearing any cloth having the symbol of APC or the picture of Governor Kayode Fayemi, because it violates the electoral law.
“Don’t foment trouble. After casting your votes for Governor Kayode Fayemi, please wait behind and ensure that the votes are counted in your presence. Follow the result to the collation centre. We are all stakeholders here. Nobody can intimidate you.
“If anybody import thugs to the state to frighten us, they will meet their waterloo by the grace of God, because in God trust. The governor has performed very well and his achievements are enough to guarantee his victory at this election convincingly.
“As you move from house to house, if anybody tells you he or she wants to vote for any opposition party, please try and explain to them that they can only do that if they want social security for the elderly to stop; if they want violence to replace the pervading peace in the state; and if they want all the good things my husband is doing to stop”.
Also addressing the rally at Efon-Alaye, Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs. Ronke Okusanya, said she did not do anything to warrant last Monday’s physical assault on her, which according to her, was premeditated.
The septuagenarian vowed not to be intimidated by the antics of the opposition, calling on youths not to allow themselves to be used as a political tool for destabilization.