The Ekiti State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, on Sunday applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over what it called evident substantial neutrality in last week’s gubernatorial election in Edo state
IPACwhich urged the commission to replicate same in the November 26 governorship poll in Ondo State also lauded the electoral body over how it settled the logjam created by the presentation of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the Edo governorship election.
It would be recalled that the Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi factions of the party had presented two different candidates for the election but INEC had discretionally recognized Ize-Iyamu, who was put forward by the Makarfi group.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the IPAC chairman in
Ekiti, Dr Dele Ekunola, said INEC had done the country proud by conducting a credible election that complied substantially with provisions of the Electoral Act.
On the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party, which polarized the body into two, Ekunola clarified that the feuding groups had fused into one after reconciliation, which he said led to the
election of new executives recently in the state.
Those elected were: Dr Ekunola as Chairman, Hon Ilesanmi Omolayo(Vice
Chairman), Mallam Jimoh Saheed (Secretary), Fred Iyaniwura(Publicity
Secretary), Chief Moses Awogbemi(Financial Secretary), Rufus
Alabi(Treasurer) and Ilesanmi Josiah(Assistant Secretary).
Ekunola particularly expressed satisfaction with INEC’s disposition to
neutrality, which he said made the opposition PDP to be able to give
the ruling party, APC, a run for its money in the highly pulsating and keenly contested election.
“When the election was postponed from September 10 to October 28, I
felt the INEC only postponed the evil day.
“But it gladdens my heart that nobody died during the election. No bloodshed, no arson attack
and even the protest that was held by the PDP against the election was peaceful.
“INEC even settled the PDP confusing candidature with ease. We all the
existing political parties in the state are pleased with INEC neutrality.
“All these showed that democracy has taken a deep root in Nigeria and
we appeal to INEC to repeat the same feat in Ondo State,” he said.