The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Sunday stated that the proposed local government elections in the state would hold despite threats by members of the opposition to boycott the exercise.
According to Fayose, for the country to have virile and functional local government system, the third tier of government would have to be strengthened for effective delivery of democratic dividends to the people.
“Electoral Act is very clear, boycott of election doesn’t nullify the outcome of any election. Just like I have said, we will not compromise anything. We shall allow the people to choose who to govern them”, he said.
“Not everybody can come to Ado-Ekiti to see the governor, but people at local level can readily relate with council bosses. Moreover, the state cannot do all things, it is the local government that will complement that.
“We are therefore committed to a virile local government system and we are going to hold local government elections in this state by December 19 this year by the grace of God.
“If it is only one political party that is ready to take part in the poll, no problem. Boycotting election has never been used to annul elections in the country”, Governor Fayose added
The State Independent Electoral Commission, had slated the council elections for December19, 2015, while nomination forms have been sold to interested parties for councillorship and chairmanship positions.