2018 EKITI STATE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION OUTCOME AS A TRIUMPH OF THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) wholeheartedly congratulates the good people of Ekiti state for turning out enmasse peacefully and orderly on Saturday July 14th, 2018 to elect the state’s helmsman for the next four year’s as reflected in the outcome announced by INEC, which is a triumph of the will of the people.
It is indeed gratifying to commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for once again producing an A+ performance by it’s timely and appropriate deployment of men and materials to all the polling stations across the 16 local government council areas of the state which kick-started accreditation and voting simultaneously at about 8am generally. We are also glad to report that the functionality of the E-card reader on election day was generally commendable. The INEC ad-hoc staffs exhibited high level of responsibility, discipline and professionalism in the handling of materials and equipment which is a reflection of the top level trainings impacted on them.
By it’s superlative performance in the conduct of the 2018 Ekiti state gubernatorial election and announcement of result which is indisputably a reflection of the will of the people as expressed at the polls, INEC has demonstrated it readiness and ability to deliver on it’s constitutional mandate in line with global best practices in future elections.
We commend most sincerely, the men and officers of the Nigeria police force and other sister security agencies who exhibited high level of civility, responsibility, professionalism and neutrality in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities through the professional deployment and coverage for security before, during and after the election, which sustained peace and encouraged large voters turnout across the state on election day, which is highly commendable.
We also commend the local and international observers for their professionalism and neutrality in observing the election and this has gone a long way in enhancing the credibility and transparency of the election in accordance with world standard.
We equally commend the media for a job well done by it’s unbiased and professional reportage and coverage of the election in fulfilment of their constitutional function.
We commend the winner of the election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the all Progressive Congress (APC) and urge him to be magnanimous in victory, while at the same time, admonishing the losers to be gallant in defeat to rally round the incoming government for the collective good of the Ekiti people.
While not discountenacing the fact that the right to be aggrieved is a natural and constitutional right, we use this medium to appeal to whoever is aggrieved, to adopt the civilized means of dispute resolution by approaching the courts rather the resort to self help which is undemocratic and barbaric.
However a sore point in this election based on our observation and reports gathered via the media and other observer groups, is that it was characterised by vote buying across board which is rather sad and unfortunate.
This unomplimentary development is a time bomb which is a threat to the existence of our democracy and society, hence there is urgent need for us all as a people to educate and sensitise ourselves on the essence of voting, so as to be able to exercise the right to vote on election day, based on one’s conviction about the integrity, character and performance of the candidates rather than being swayed by primordial sentiments and induced monetarily, this is a task that confronts us menacingly in the face and which is surmountable for posterity sake.
Long live democracy,
Long live, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.