Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have allayed the fear being expressed by voters ahead of July14 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, assuring them that their vote would count.
They gave the assurance at a parley tagged: ‘Ekiti Stakeholders’ Meeting’, held in Ado-Ekiti.
The police chief said the force had mobilised enough personnel for the exercise, adding that a sizeable number of military men would also be deployed.
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the standard bearer of All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Olusola Eleka and other candidates of the participating political parties were in attendance.
The parley was going smoothly until a member of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Samuel Omotoso, raised issues bordering on alleged complicity of some security officials in the plot to rig the poll.
Attempt by the lawmaker to link Fayemi to all the issues raised threw the meeting into confusion as supporters of APC and thew peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charged at one another.
All efforts by the INEC chief, Inspector General of Police and the Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, didn’t placate the irate party supporters proved abortive.
The guests sneaked out one after another as the situation became rancorous.
In his remarks, Yakubu said the commission decided to distribute Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at the ward level to motivate the electorate to collect to be able to exercise their franchise.
“For transparency, all uncollected PVCs will be brought to INEC office in Ado Ekiti and warehoused for safe keeping until a new date is fixed to resume the PVC collection
“However, since the Anambra State governorship election held in November 2017, we have introduced an additional measure of transparency.