Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has the people of Edo State to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flag bearer in the governorship election on Saturday, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, describing him as the best choice for the state.
This just as he called for extra-vigilance among people of the state before, during and after the governorship polls.
While warning against “inconclusive election” as witnessed in some by-elections in recent time, the governor said the Edo polls will serve as a litmus test for the All Progressives Congress-led federal government.
Fayose said: “The people should not just vote and go to sleep, they must make sure that their votes count and victory is ensured for Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the PDP’s candidate”.
The governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on Tuesday, warned Edo people against repeating what he said was “the same mistake” Nigerians made last year when they voted the APC at the federal level.
Fayose said “party sentiment apart, Pastor Ize-Iyamu has campaigned through the nooks and crannies of Edo State to sell his visions and missions to the people of the State and anyone who saw the Channels Television debate on Sunday will agree with me that Pastor Ize-Iyamu is better equipped for the governance of Edo State”.
The governor declared that; “If you believe in me and you are a voter in Edo State, give your vote to Pastor Ize-Iyamu, the man who has demonstrated the required capacity to lead Edo State to prosperity”.
While calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to maintain neutrality before, during and after the election, Fayose described the Edo polls as a litmus test for the APC led federal government, urging all government agencies involved in the election to put the interest of democracy first.
He said INEC must not repeat its story of inconclusiveness on the Edo State election, adding that for the first time in the history of this APC led federal government; election must be free, fair and conclusive.
Governor Fayose also urged Edo people to be vigilant on the election day and make sure that votes are counted and recorded in relevant forms at the polling units, adding that; “the people should know that elections are not concluded until results are announced officially”.