The Oasis Reporters
July 15, 2018
It took the premature announcement of results at the Ekiti TV and Radio Stations by Governor Ayodele Fayose to provoke the National Broadcasting Commission into ordering the immediate shut down of Ekiti Broadcast Service for breaching provisions of the Broadcasting Code.
The commission in a statement signed by its southwest monitoring chief, Professor Armstrong Idachaba cited breach of the electoral act and broadcasting code by the media outfit as the governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose went on to announce results in favour of his deputy and PDP’s governorship candidate Olusola Eleka
“The Commission has taken the decision to curb the continued breach of the Electoral Act and the Broadcasting Code on Political Broadcast.
The Commission is particularly irked by the unauthorized declaration of results by the state Governor in the state broadcast station.
This is after he went in air to make malicious and unsubstantiated comments against INEC, the Police and the SSS.
The station will remain shut down until further notice.”
As events stand now, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress has been declared winner, according to a report by one of our sources in the state capital, Ado Ekiti.
The ruling party in Ekiti State, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has already rejected the results and are currently briefing their legal team who would soon head to the courts set up to arbitrate over election matters.
Kayode Fayemi was the state governor until about four years ago when his attempt at reelection was terminated by the PDP’s Ayodele Fayose who defeated the incumbent and went on to have a four year tenure.
Most elections in Ekiti State have been decided at the courts, and this one may be no exception, because according to the PDP officials in Ado Ekiti, their polling agents were chased away from the collation centers, thereby giving room for only APC agents to be there.
Before Fayemi’s initial tenure from 2011-2014, there was Segun Oni, whose tenure was cut short by a court, to allow the swearing in of Fayemi. Segun Oni himself came in to power when Ayo Fayose was impeached from office through the orchestration of then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The tumult in Ekiti politics looks set to continue for a while, until free flowing democratic culture is entrenched in Nigeria’s political culture.