Doyin Adebusuyi, Ado-Ekiti
Notable people from Ekiti State, including Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday expressed shock and disbelief over the postponement of National Assembly elections slated for Saturday across the nation.
Governor Fayemi described the postponement as unfortunate saying it reflects the ill preparedness of the Prof Attahiru Jega-led Independent National Electoral Commission.
The governor, who expressed his mind at his country home in Isan, Oye local government of the state, said the INEC boss might not be blamed after all adding that the disappointment encountered in the distribution of the voting materials might be due to “an attempt by the commission to ensure free and fair elections. ”
He added, “We have made a complete fool of ourselves and I don’t know whether we should be taken seriously on matter like this again especially when other countries of the world are focusing attention on Nigeria for a successful election.”
Responding to a question, the governor described Prof. Jega as a man of integrity adding that “but Jega’s integrity on its own cannot give us a credible election” adding that he still needed the cooperation of other members of staff of the commission to succeed.
Reacting to the postponement, Senator Ayo Arise, a sitting senator and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti North Senatorial District, described the electoral commission’s action as “totally unfair to Nigerians” considering the efforts that had already been put into the exercise.
Senator Arise, who had earlier commended the accreditation exercise in his area, said he had already cast his vote and came back home when someone from the polling booth where he cast his vote called to inform him of the postponement.
“INEC could have cancelled the exercise where materials were either not available or not enough rather than the outright cancellation. Canceling the whole exercise means that Jega had not taken anything into consideration. For him to just cancel the exercise midway, to me, I think is unjust to us.