The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, has raised alarm over a ‘collusion’ between officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the state governor, Ayo Fayose, to compromise the July 14 governorship election.
The former minister alleged that three top officials of the INEC headquarters held clandestine meetings with Mr Fayose in the guise being in the state for official duties.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the Deputy Director General (Ekiti South), Kayode Fayemi Campaign Council, Bamidele Faparusi, accused the INEC officials, namely, Egharevba John, Festus Aisien, Igidiogu Kelechi and a former INEC employee, Ishaku Abbo, of plotting to rig the election.
The council urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director General of the State Security Services, Lawan Daura, to investigate the allegation and bring the culprits to book.
But the Public Relations Officer of INEC in Ekiti, Taiwo Gbadegesin, denied the allegations, saying neither was there any a visit of officials of the electoral body to the governor.
Mr Gbadegesin insisted that INEC would conduct free, fair and credible election in Ekiti.
But Fayemi’s campaign organisation said Mr Abbo, who is from the Northern part of the country and a former INEC staff ”was providing the link between Mr Fayose and the other INEC officials and had been living in the government house in Ekiti in the last six months”.
“We have it on good authority that an election expert, one Ishaku, a former INEC official, has been living with the governor in the Government House since January this year,” Mr Faparunsi alleged.