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Ekiti Guber Election Live Update Today| Saturday, 14th July, 2018 (Akahi News).
On this page, Akahi News will be bringing to you all the happenings in Ekiti State as the good people of the state fearlessly elect their new governor.
–> Voting has started in most of the towns in today’s governorship election holding in Ekiti State.
–>Armed military men stationed at the road leading to Isan-Ekiti in Oye LGA, on a stop-and-search mission on the vehicles entering the town.
–> APC Chieftain Adedayo Adeyeye blames Fayose and PDP for violence in the state, claiming the incidents of violence recorded so far were perpetrated by thugs loyal to Ayodele Fayose.
–> “I have heard cases of election violence in Ado and that can be traced to only one source, which is Fayose,” he said. “We heard that he has been harbouring thugs in the government house for days and he has unleashed them on the peace loving people of Ekiti.”
–> In most polling units, voting ended long ago, while vote sorting and counting already commenced.
–> A ballot box was snatched at Ileje-Meje, and the people can be seen screaming that “it was APC” that perpetrated the crime.
–> Sorting in progress with two party agents observing the process
–> Voting ends at Fayemi’s polling unit… The Asst. Presiding Officer has just announced that
–>Ayodele Fayose, outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, arrived his polling unit at exactly 1:15pm ahead of casting his vote in the election.
–> At Ado Ekiti Ward 11 Unit 7, policemen in uniform were reported to be harassing voters and refusing them the right to vote.
–>APC deputy governorship candidate, Mr. Bisi Egbeyemi casts his vote at Ward 8, Unit 14, Ado Ekiti.
–> A former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has lauded the conduct of INEC in the Ekiti State governorship poll.
Adeyeye, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, said although some card readers experienced some hitches, they were sorted out eventually.
He described the new process of simultaneous accreditation and voting as an improvement on the earlier one.
He said he would never change his stance against manipulation of elections.
–> The PDP candidate, Olushola Eleka, whose PVC was rejected twice by card reader finally casts his vote.
–> Incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose, on his way to cast his vote.
–> A suspected APC thug, Sunday Owoeye, has reportedly been arrested by the NSCDC for allegedly disrupting voting process at Ikole Ward 3 Unit 4.
–> Owoeye and some thugs tried to snatch a ballot box at the polling unit.
–> Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Mega Party, Chief Bisi Omoyeni, has expressed confidence that he will win the election. Omoyeni said he learnt some political parties had been buying votes by openly giving money to voters.
–>At Ward 10 Unit 003, Fajuyi, Ado-Ekiti, two police officers were withdrawn by a superior officer and driven away in a patrol vehicle, but the reason for the action was unclear.
–>At Ward 3 Unit 4 in Ikole Ekiti in Temidire hoodlums snatched ballot box. Voting stalled, polling officials awaiting INEC directive.
–> A silo or what? Grains of rice stored inside the residence of Kayode Fayemi, the APC governorship candidate, at Isan at Oye LGA.
–> At Ayegbaju Ward 4, unit 002, the European Union Ambassador in
Nigeria, Mr Keti Karlsen, hailed the peaceful manner with which the election commenced. Karlsen said: “As at 9.17 am, the election has been peaceful. I have been to five polling units and the process has been credible enough.
–>Senator Biodun Olujimi had just cast her vote at Ward 7 Unit 7 in Omuo Ekiti
–>Senator Biodun Olujimi said she had not been able to vote because of the crowd. She said she had been there since 8am and that many people in the polling Unit were still unable to vote
–> At Polling Unit 01, Ward 001, Udi in Ado Ekiti, the party agent was attacked with acid by a yet unidentified person following the breakout of a dispute.
–>She’s from Omuo (Ekiti South Senatorial District) and her polling unit is Omuo unit 7 Ward 7
–>APC chieftain, Mr. Segun Oni, just voted at his polling unit, Ifaki Ward 2 Unit 06
–> PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka, tries to cast his vote but is delayed as the card reader malfunctions.
–> PDP members allege APC thugs kidnapping their party agents
Members of the Peoples Democratic party in Ado-Ekiti are currently alleging that some persons suspected to be thugs of the All Progressives Congress, are kidnapping the party agents of the PDP and security agents are merely watching such dramas.
In Agric Matthew, CAC primary school areas of Ado Ekiti, PDP members alleged the foregoing development is happening.
In Oke Ila, Okeyinmi, the members are alleging that the opposition are not allowing their members to vote.
They also alleged that security operatives have compromised by moving too close to voting points and inducing electorate to vote for the opposition.
There was a large turnout of voters for the Ekiti State governorship election in many parts of Ado-Ekiti as hundreds of voters trooped to the polling units as early as 7 am.
At ward 9, opposite Ekiti State University along Adebayo Road, our correspondent met more than 100 voters, including the aged nursing mothers and a nurse at the ward, waiting for officials the Independent National Electoral Commission around 7.05 am.
A van belonging to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence was parked in front of the university. The nurse said she had to resume at work for any emergency.
At secretariat junction, several police vans were stationed, with security men conducting search on motorists and people passing by.
At ward 8 unit 009 on Oja Oba road, voters were seen checking for their names on the lists with INEC staff already at their duty post.
At Igbehin market, commercial activities were going on around 7.21am as food vendors attended to customers.
At Ijigbo junction, several vans belonging to the Nigerian Army were seen patrolling the area as voters formed queue s for accreditation.