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EKITI 2014: FAYEMI COMMENDS PEACEFULL POLL, CONDEMNS JOURNALISTS’ ARREST

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Abdulkareem Olaleye

Ekiti State Governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the election as peaceful.

The governor, who spoke with journalists after casting his vote at Unit 001, Ogilolo Ward, Isan-Ekiti, his country home, commended the early arrival of election materials and commencement of accreditation.

The governor, however, decried the late arrival of security men at some polling centres.

He described the early commencement of the electoral process as an improvement over Anambra November 16, 2013 election, adding that if things continued like this, it would be a good sign for Nigeria’s democracy.

He, however, decried indiscriminate arrest of members of APC, saying it was not good for democracy.

He condemned those he described as “busy bodies” who he said had no business in the election but going about on streets with security people to harass the people.

He said: “We are concerned that some people who don’t have anything to do with this election are going about with security men intimidating us. I have reported them to the appropriate authorities and I hope those concerned would be checked.”

The governor also condemned the arrest of some journalists by security men and escorted out of the state, saying it was a dent on the nation’s democracy.

Governor Fayemi said the duty of journalists is to inform the people about the election, saying stopping them from doing their work is unconstitutional.

He said journalists, the world over, operate without borders, adding that they should not have been stopped in the performance of their work.

He, however, encouraged the people not to be deterred but to vote and stand by their votes.

“This is the right time to speak with their votes and reject what they don’t want,” he said.

His wife, Erelu Bisi, also commended the timely commencement of the exercise but lamented the influx into the state of those she said had nothing to do with the electoral process.

An observer with Department of International Development (DFID), Mrs. Fagboyo Margaret, described the exercise as a great improvement over past elections in the country.

She noted that accreditation started early in areas such as Ido, Oloje, Isan and Ado visited by her team.

“What we saw is an improvement over past elections,” she said.

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