Ekiti Preaches Violence-Free Polls

electionsThe Ekiti State Government has urged residents to shun acts capable of breaching the peace in the build-up to the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, the state capital yesterday, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Modupe Alade, said no blood of Ekiti citizen was worth shedding because of anybody’s ambition.

The SSG also urged parents to warn their children and wards against being used by politicians to unleash mayhem on the people.

Alade said, “We hope it will be ballot without blood. There is no blood worth shedding. We won’t allow bloodshed in Ekiti because the Governor of this State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, believes that no blood of anybody is worth shedding because somebody wants to get to a certain position.

“So, we appeal to our parents to keep vigil on their wards. They should not allow them to be used as agents of destabilization. Our youths also must shun violence for Ekiti to remain together after the elections to reap the dividends of democracy”.

The SSG also pleaded with civil servants and residents to be patient with government, promising that leave bonuses will be paid.

“We are not unaware of the fact that the civil servants are expecting their leave bonus and outstanding salaries from this government. We are assuring that all will be paid, but we are just pleading that they should exercise patience.

“You are all aware of the state of the economy in Ekiti. Things are just too bad that we cannot quickly meet all these pressing demands. But we are hopeful that all shall be done in due course.

“Governor Fayose is a friend of the masses, particularly the civil servants, teachers and Artisans, who is desirous of making lives easy for the people.

“So, we pray that the allocation to the state and the internally generated revenue will improve to be able to give improved welfare package to our citizens”, he said.


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