The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) of colluding to preload card readers to be used for the July 14 governorship election in the state with a view to manipulating the poll in favour of the APC candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The governor also said the criminal act is being perpetrated in Akure, Ondo State in collaboration with the Ondo State Government.
Meanwhile, the Director of Media and Publicity of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Wole Olujobi, said Fayose’s allegation is the consequence of the ghost of the federal government-backed 2014 poll he allegedly committed against the people of the state.
He also said that Fayose’s declaration that the shooting of opposition members has just begun is a confirmation of the allegation that the governor has imported gunmen to Ekiti State to kill APC members and harass members of the public.
Fayose stated this on Friday night while answering questions on a radio and television programme in Ado-Ekiti called “Governor Explains.”
In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, on Saturday, he quoted the governor as saying that over 550 polling units spread across the state were targeted to be preloaded with between 50 and 200 votes in favour of the APC.
“I don’t want to bring this picture out yet, but those who said preloading is not possible are lying. Right now, they are doing manual preloading in Akure as I speak. For polling units with over 1,000 voters, they spread the preloading to between 50 and 200 votes per polling unit. In Ikere, 58 of such polling units were targeted and Ado-Ekiti has 158 of such polling units.
“They want to get people they will stuff with the ballot papers and dump such papers in the ballot boxes at such polling units.