Makarfi’s tenure a disaster, says senator
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and the senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu yesterday congratulated Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano for his re-election in Saturday’s election.
Fayose described the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies as above average and a sign that the electoral umpire was listening to the cries of Nigerians for free, fair and credible elections inherited by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “Even though there were reports of malfunctioning of card readers, number of votes exceeding number of accredited voters and pockets of violence as well as buying of votes, the Anambra governorship election was better than others conducted by INEC under the present government of APC.”
He added: “By now, INEC ought to have resolved all issues on card readers because it does not augur well for the electoral process and INEC itself, if we are still being faced with failure of card readers on Election Day.”
Fayose hailed observers – local and international – for ensuring that the election was relatively credible.
The governor urged them to focus more attention on next year’s governorship election in Ekiti and Osun states.
Kashamu described the tenure of the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, as “a disaster and the worst nightmare for our party”.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, he said: “It is clear that Makarfi and his allies have brought ill-luck to the PDP.”
The senator was reacting to the re-election of Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano in Saturday’s poll.
Kashamu said: “Makarfi and his team came as if they were the saviours the PDP was waiting for, but they have turned out to be the ones killing the party with their illegality, impunity and self-centredness. They believe they can do anything and get away with it. They did it in Anambra where all the popular aspirants were disenfranchised and the ticket was sold against democratic norms…”