…’I’m only being reappointed by Governor Fayemi- EKSIEC Boss***
Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, raised the alarm, alleging that the Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC), is a dismissed judge.
This was contained in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, and made available in Ado Ekiti, hinting that they coiuld not afford any hanky-panky.
The PDP berated Gov. Kayode Fayemi for allegedly appointing “a dismissed Justice Jide Aladejana as the Chairman of Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission.”
The party said the appointment had created a burden on the electoral body and portrayed the Governor as showing zero concern for morality in a democratic tenet.
The statement queried how a dismissed judge in the State judiciary could be made to head a sensitive body saddled with the conduct of local government elections, in the midst of many qualified Ekiti sons and daughters.
The party reminded Fayemi that all attempts by the dismissed judge to overturn his dismissal in the past were overruled by courts at different levels.
“Hence, he is not qualified to conduct elections for the local government where people of integrity will contest”, it said.
The party also claimed that many of the members of the SIEC are card carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
It further claimed that it was on the basis of same deliberate error that local government elections were stopped by court in the first term of Gov. Fayemi.
It recalled that during that time, one of the members of the SIEC was proved to be a card carrying member of the ruling party, to which he belong till today.
According to the PDP, the action of the governor was unfortunate and ridiculous and “deliberately erecting wall of disruption in the way of the election.”
“However we want to assure him that PDP will go into the election with all seriousness,” it added.
Reacting to the allegations, EKSIEC’s Commissioner in charge of Media and Publicity, Chief Soji Oloketuyi, dismissed PDP’s allegations as spurious and baseless.
Oloketuyi said the allegation of Justice Aladejana being dismissed from the bench, coming at a time when elections were few months away was targeted at distracting the commission and delay the electoral process.
“To the best of my knowledge, Justice Aladejana was never dismissed from the bench.
“He remains one of the most credible Ekiti men with dignity, so to us, we consider this a distraction
“If those making the allegations are sure of themselves, let them show the proof of their accusation”, he said.
Oloketuyi also said he too was eminently qualified to be a member of SIEC contrary to the position canvassed by the PDP, insisting that he was never a card carrying member of any political party.
“I was appointed as an Electoral Commissioner under the first term of Governor Ayodele Fayose and now reappointed by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
“This was an eloquent testimony to my integrity as a former public servant.
“I worked in the civil service and retired as the immediate past Public Relations Officer at the Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, so I never carried the card of any political party’, he said.