Thursday 2 October 2014

Ekiti Crisis: Ekiti chiefs express support for Governor-elect Ayodele Fayose

The Ekiti Traditional Chieftaincy title holders have warned against subverting the June 21 victory of the Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose.

The body of all traditional chiefs in all the towns and villages in Ekiti State also urged politicians to refrain from actions capable of throwing the State into chaos.

The Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers had on Tuesday taken the same position.

In a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, and signed by its Publicity Secretary, High Chief Ayodeji Esan, the body said it was painful that the gains of the peaceful governorship election of June 21, and the good image it gave Ekiti State were being lost.

Esan, who is the Odofinyin of Iyin-Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area opined that it would amount to an affront on the people of Ekiti for anyone to attempt to snatch victory from the person duly elected by the people, using whatever instrument.

He said, “We wish to align ourselves with the position of our revered traditional rulers on the political crisis rocking the state since last week and we call on members of the judiciary in the State to refrain from any action capable of robing them with the garment of partiality.

“First and foremost, it is uncalled for that anyone or group of people could attempt to subvert the mandate freely given to the governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose.

“This to us amounts to an assault on the people of the State, who trooped out on June 21, 2014 to exercise their franchise and expressed their preference for Fayose.

“It is our position that since the people have spoken through the ballot on June 21, no attempt should be made by anyone to truncate the people’s mandate.”
The body expressed sadness over the murder of a former Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Chief Omolafe Aderiye.

While commiserating with the deceased family, the body called on security agencies to remain alive to their responsibilities by securing lives and properties in the state before and after the October 16 handing over ceremony. 

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