Politicians defy INEC order on campaign in Ekiti


Political parties and aspirants in Ekiti- state, have defied the Jan. 16, directive of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to halt political campaigns and remove their posters and

Investigations across the state has revealed that rather than obeying the directive, aspirants were pasting more posters and raising billboards.

A drive round Ado-Ekiti,  showed that the major streets of the ancient town were adorned with posters and billboards by aspirants who want to be governor in the 2014 election in the state.

NAN reports that there were posters in other towns like Aramoko, Oye Efon Alaye, Ikole, Omuo and Ikere- Ekiti.

One of the aspirants who pledged anonymity, said that he would not do  anything to undermine the law against campaigning.

The aspirant denied knowing those printing and pasting posters on his behalf.

However, INEC insisted on Monday, that those ignoring its orders were law breakers who knew the consequences of their actions, as contained in the Electoral Act, 2010.

INEC State Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) Halilu Pai wondered why those aspiring to be governor under their different party platforms would choose to deliberately run foul of the law.

According to Pai, no campaign, either through stage rallies, jingles, posters and billboards must come earlier than 90 days before the election.

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