Group distances Ekiti people from advert
THE E-Eleven, a forum of Ekiti stakeholders, yesterday dissociated the people of the state from an advert placed in two national dailies on Monday by the state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, insinuating that the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, might die in office if elected.
The forum, chaired by Mr. Femi Ajiniran, added that the Ekiti people “are not in any way against the North; neither are we against any geopolitical zone in the country. We believe firmly in the principle of equality as espoused in the 1999 Constitution,” saying the view expressed in the advert “is Fayose’s personal opinion.”
The forum stated this in a statement issued by Ajiniran in Lagos, noting that the advert was placed by “Fayose as an individual and as a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose interest he sought to protect.”
It noted that Fayose’s statement “violates the non-violence clause of the Electoral Act, 2011. It, also, breaches the peace agreement facilitated by former Secretary-General of United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan and former Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Sir Emeka Anyaoku last week.
“After the landmark peace agreement brokered to achieve peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections, Fayose sponsored this advert of acrimony and discrimination from the purse of Ekiti State at about N50 million in the two national dailies. We, therefore, dissociate the people of Ekiti State from this advert.”
It, therefore, asked all the citizens of Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police among others “to hold Fayose and his political party responsible if the advert eventually “stokes anger in some parts of the country. The people of Ekiti are not acrimonious and discriminatory.