Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State yesterday held a closed-door meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, together with the national commissioners.
Revealing the crux of the meeting, Fayose who fielded questions from journalists in Abuja afterwards, said he was there to seek clarifications on election-related issues in view of the “bragging disposition of the opposition figures” in his state ahead of the coming elections.
He said: “I feel that I should equally come and do an interactive session with INEC to share my ideas. INEC is a public place. It is a public office and any citizen of this country should be able to ask questions and I have come here to ask questions as it affects 2018 elections, July 14 in my state, and as it affects 2019 elections. I expressed my concerns, all that I have heard; all that is making around.
“You don’t want to sit down there and assume anything, I am a man of actions, I am very pro-active and I will not take the chance.
“I have asked a number of questions and they’ve answered me. And they’ve gone through the whole process, what to expect from INEC, and they promised not to descend to the arena.”
On PDP’s position that it had lost confidence on the INEC, Fayose said his party should not be blamed for protesting since it was the duty of the electoral body to equally allay the fears.
“It is a shame for you to see people bringing children of four years, five years, coming to register. For our nation, it is a shame. For the level of our democracy today, in 21st century, it is a shame,” he said.