Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the political situation in Kogi State, which arose as a result of the inconclusive governorship election in the state, as a show of shame, warning the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to be mindful of the consequences of allowing the situation to repeat itself in Bayelsa State.
The INEC has slated the supplementary polls in Kogi as well as governorship polls in Bayelsa for this Saturday.
The governor said: “If INEC could mess up its first assignment under Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Nigerians should get prepared for manipulated electoral processes”.
Mr. Fayose called on judiciary to rise up to the occasion by providing the necessary intervention on the Kogi stalemated election, saying instead of turning itself into the court, INEC ought to have approached the Supreme Court for proper interpretation on the relevant laws since the Kogi scenario was not envisaged in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti Thursday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Gov. Fayose lamented that “INEC has created total confusion in Kogi State with the APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Hon James Faleke, Governor Idris Wada, governorship candidate of the People for Democratic Change (PDC), Hon. Emmanuel Daikwo and two others now in court, challenging the supplementary election scheduled for Saturday”.