Ek­iti de­nies ap­point­ing PDP mem­bers into SIEC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Ek­iti State Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Chief­taincy Af­fairs, Mr. Ko­lade Ko­lapo, yesterday de­nied al­le­ga­tion by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) that Gover­nor Ay­o­dele Fayose had ap­pointed card­car­ry­ing mem­bers of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) into the state’s elec­toral com­mis­sion to con­duct coun­cil elec­tion slated for De­cem­ber 19 this year.

The com­mis­sioner said the gover­nor “painstak­ingly” se­lected non-par­ti­san in­di­vid­u­als into the elec­toral body in or­der to en­sure cred­i­bil­ity.

The APC had dragged the gover­nor and mem­bers of the SIEC to the court, over al­leged com­po­si­tion of the com­mis­sion by PDP card car­ry­ing mem­bers.

Ko­lapo, who spoke in Ado Ek­iti at a press brief­ing on the ac­tiv­i­ties of his min­istry in the last one-year, de­scribed the al­le­ga­tion as un­found and bi­ased.

He said an im­par­tial and un­bi­ased elec­toral body as well as other ar­range­ments had been put in place to en­sure a free, fair and ac­cept­able lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion.

He de­scribed the state as “a clear break from the present care­taker com­mit­tee ar­range­ment which has been in place since 2010.”

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