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Ekiti 2018: Fayose should prove rigging allegations- Amina Zakari

Ekiti 2018: INEC’s Amina Zakari challenges Fayose to prove rigging allegations


Amina Zakari the former Independent National Electoral Commission Acting Chairman,has accuse Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, and the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State to provide evidence to back up their allegation that she was conspired with other officials in planning to rig the governorship election in favour of Kayode Fayemi the governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress.

Zakari, spoke on Monday in Ado Ekiti at INEC’s pre-election preparation workshop organised for Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers and Heads of Departments urge Mr Fayose to back his allegation with prove, she noted that it not possible for an rig an election to be rig by an individual.

Mr Fayose had on Sunday alleged that Ms Zakari and two other officials at INEC’s headquarters were in league with the APC and its candidate, Kayode Fayemi, to rig the election.

“They should prove that beyond reasonable doubt. I doubt it if an individual can rig an election when there are over 20,000 personnel to conduct the election,” she said.

“They should back their allegation with fact and figures. We (INEC) have nothing to hide. I see no reason why INEC would want to go back to bad old days. We are moving for forward ever and we remain focussed to ensure a credible election for Nigeria.”

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States, Solomon Soyebi, told participants at the workshop that the commission had no reason to fail the electorate in view of the amount of preparations made so far.

He said the commission was prepared to surmount all challenges to ensure that the exercise was free, fair and credible, saying every polling unit would open for the election by 7am.

“There will be no room for excuses. Any Local Government where this does not happen, the EO will be responsible,” said Mr Soyebi.

“You must share responsibilities with your assistants to avoid one-man show. You must also watch your utterances so as to safeguard the integrity of the exercise.”

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