As the people of Ekiti State warms up for local government elections scheduled for December 20, the state chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against rigging the elections.
Speaking at a function in Ilupeju-Ekiti at the weekend, the deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honorable Saliu Adeoti counseled that the PDP should shed such plan.
The AC lawmaker said that people of the state are ready to defend their elections and would not allow a repeat of the alleged massive rigging that characterized the April 2007 general elections.
The lawmaker added that Ekiti people would not accept what he called “written and prepared in the Government House” result of council elections.
Adeoti said the party was not ready for another battle at the local government election tribunal, judging from its bitter experience at the Election Petition Tribunal that sat in the state.
He said: “AC members will give it all it takes to prevent their votes from being stolen this time around”.
He also warned against the use of soldiers and anti-riot policemen to intimidate voters or rig the council polls, saying that the recently- passed SIEC law forbids the use of soldiers or MOPOL.
He said: “The recently-passed SIEC law forbids the use of soldiers or MOPOL, hence the electorates are at liberty to deal ruthlessly with anybody seen on the election day wearing army or MOPOL uniform.
“We are praying that there will be no bloodshed, but they must allow the votes of the people to count on the election day and I am sending our monarch to those people perfecting any plot to rig the election to drop the plan.
“This time around, we are defending our votes with the last drop of our blood and anything contrary to a free and fair local government elections will not be acceptable to the AC because we believe, if the forthcoming elections is free and fair, nothing stops our party from winning in 10 local government areas”, Adeoti insisted.
Besides, a PDP lawmaker, Hon. Adebayo Morakinyo has said that the House would cooperate with the electoral agency in the state to ensure a free and credible election.