Our Eyes Will Be In Ekiti State On July 24 – The United States Of America, Vows To Be On The Side Of The Masses
The United States of America, US, has said that the eyes of the world would be on Ekiti State, on July 14, during the much anticipated Governorship election.
The Consul General, Mr. John Bray, stated this during a meeting with the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, held in the Palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe.
He stated this in a response to the requests of the Council, for a free, fair and credible election, in a peaceful atmosphere made by the Monarchs.
The Chairman of the Council and Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, Oba Oluwole Ademolaju, had asked the US to prevent vote-buying during the July 14 Governorship poll in the State.
He urged the country to bring Observers from all over the world, to ensure each vote counts in the election.
Saying that the people of the State would resist manipulation in whatever form, the Monarch stressed that the Governorship poll would be a pointer to what is to come in the 2019 general elections.
He said: “We want you to use your good office to bring monitors all over polling units.
“Security Agencies must be above board, during and after the elections.
“We want everybody to be carried along. We want reputable groups as monitors, present at polling units, not people that will just be moving about.”
Also speaking, Oba Adejugbe said that the people would be happy if the most popular candidate wins the election.
“We want peace, and votes to count. If the most popular candidate won at the end of the day, nobody would raise a voice.”
The Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Alagbado, warned against the experience of the 1983 election violence, where many houses were burnt in the old Ondo State.
“We are concerned about safety in our domain, we do not want Ekiti to be a battleground. We want the choice of the people to emerge as Governor in the election.”
Responding, Bray promised that the US was committed to peace, before, during, and after the election.
He said: “We are on the side of the people. We are here to support the free, fair, credible, and peaceful election.
“The eyes of the world will be on Ekiti on July 14. We would be here and we will not let you down.”
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