CIVIL SOCIETY: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has supported the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decision to challenge the result that declared Dr. Kayode Fayemi the winner in Ekiti State at the Electoral Tribunal .
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, won the election.
However, Olusola-Elekaâ€™s boss, Governor Ayodele Fayose, faulted the outcome of the poll and described Fayiemiâ€™s victory as temporary, adding that it would be upturned at the tribunal.
INEC has now insisted that the result of the election was a reflection of the will of the people.
The agencyâ€™s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr. Wole Osaze-Uzzi, said: â€œINEC welcomes the decision of Prof. Eleka to go to the tribunal on the outcome of the governorship election. That is the proper thing to do.
â€œLegal process is a better resort than making inciting statements and engaging in media trial. We welcome judicial intervention on disputes arising from the election. Just like in the case of Edo State, it is left to Eleka to prove his case before the tribunal.â€
Osaze-Uzzi rated the outcome of the election as â€œgood and a fair reflection of the will of the people of Ekiti State. Even international and local observers rated the conduct of the poll as good.
â€œWe have been receiving preliminary reports from the accredited Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Most of those in the so-called Coalition of Civil Society Groups were not accredited for the poll by INEC.
â€œThe materials and logistics were on spot and accreditation of voters started as and when due in more than 92 per cent of the polling units.â€
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