EKITI GOVERNORSHIP ELECTIONS: MAY WE COUNT VOTES AND NOT CORPSES AND LOSES.
The Kaduna State Coordinator of the Voter’s Club of Nigeria, Mr. Tim Maiyaki has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to ensure that July 14th, 2019 Governorship elections in Ekiti State is violence-free, free and fair and that a levelled playing ground is provided for the candidates and voters. He made the call yesterday during an interview with journalists in Kaduna.
Tim, observed that the atmosphere as a result of the run-up to the elections is already heated and hence over charged. Insisting that, if care is not taken, Nigerians may never get to count the votes after the polls, but corpses and loses.
While responding to questions fielded by Journalists, the Kaduna State coordinator of the Voter’s Club of Nigeria said, “The international community, Nigerians and particularly the good people of Ekiti State are desirous of a free, fair, and violence free elections, and it is up to Mr. President to guarantee and ensure that, without having to break his back”. He added that the deployment of heavy security personnel to Ekiti state, though laudable, but calls for concern as ordinary citizens are frightened and may cause low voter turnout.
In his opinion about happenings in Ekiti, he reiterated that The Voters Club of Nigeria is particularly interested in the safety and rights of the voters as guaranteed by the relevant laws of the country. “Electorates must be free to vote their candidate of choice, I understand this election is a litmus test for the APC and PDP, that is nine of our concern, ours is that the electorates must not be at the receiving end” Tim said. “And that is why we are calling on Mr. Buhari, to ensure that the security deployed to Ekiti is there to secure lives and not an election”, he added.
Tim also charged the Independent Electoral Commission to ensure that their electoral officers are not willing tools in the hands of politicians, as such collusions are a necessary catalysts for electoral crises and violence, and of course undermines the outcomes of the polls.
While fielding questions on the activities of the Voter’s Club of Nigeria (VCN), he said the club’s main goal is voter education and enlightenment. Tim, said the club is a voluntary organisation with chapters across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. He added that, the organisation is poised to raising awareness on voters rights and duties across the country and beyond.
In his closing remarks, he said that the Ekiti Governorship election will say a lot about what Nigerians should expect, come 2019 nationwide general elections. Hence, Nigerians should watch Ekiti elections closely as a test run to the main polls.