Action Congress (AC) in Ekiti State and the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Lawal on Tuesday engaged in a verbal war over the delay in conducting Local Government Polls in the state.
Dr. Lawal disclosed that the People Democratic Party (PDP) would win all 16 Councils whenever the elections are held.
While distributing appointments letters in Ado-Ekiti to 808 new Employees of the Local Government He disclosed that the PDP’s victory at the election tribunal had silenced the opposition.
Lawal, however, supported a protest by women at the premises of the House of Assembly over the delay in conducting the council poll.
He disclosed that PDP would sweep all the Councils and 177 councillorship seats at stake.
It would be recalled that Lawal defected from the AC to PDP shortly before the general elections in April 14, 2007.
He further disclosed that the Segun Oni-led administration had performed well, since its inauguration on May 29, 2007.
Lawal said the governor has been tackling poverty through the provision of micro-credit facilities and employment of 4,000 people.
According to him, the government score card will pare the way for PDP’s victory at the election.
He urged the people to support the government and not be deceived by the antics of the opposition.
While reacting, AC’s spokeman, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu, described Lawal as a “Political comedian the Ekiti people should not take serious having been deluded with the transient allure of power gotten through the stolen mandate of Ekiti people.”
He said AC was focused on its appeal filed against the validation of Oni’s election and would not be distracted by what he called the “phantom local government election being pushed by a discredited administration.”
He also described Lawal’s comments as a misconception, saying: “PDP is the opposition party in the state by its alleged anti-people policies, lack of vision and misplacement of priorities since stealing its way into the government House in 2007.”
He said, Lawal’s boasts that the PDP would sweep the poll was an “admission of the fact that the proposed election had been rigged well in advance.”
He also slammed the state government for allegedly sponsoring Monday’s protest by the women.
According to him, the PDP-led state government is an “illegitimate government which could not muster enough courage to conduct the local government elections but resorted to hiring women to protest the delay in conducting the election.”
Adaramodu said the deputy governor was ignorant to the rule of law by the fact that “he had forgotten that the National Conscience Party (NCP) has gone to court over the recently passed State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) Law”
He said Lawal should have kept quiet until the matter was determined by the court.