By Bukola Olasanmi

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of conniving with the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the July 14 governorship election by using students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) as ad-hoc staff for the election, instead of youth corps members.

The governor, who made this known while addressing journalists in Ado
Ekiti, on Friday, described President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that
the Ekiti 2014 governorship election was characterised by “hanky panky”, as unfortunate, saying he is not surprised because the President is no longer in touch with reality and also not in charge of his own government.

Fayose said “the idea behind this plot is to recruit APC members from neighbouring states, arm them with FUOYE students Identity Cards and use them as INEC Presiding and Returning Officers to perfect the planned rigging of the election. This will fail.”

The governor said: “Recall that the President said categorically that Ekiti State must be taken by the APC at all cost. Instead of his empty boast that his party must capture the state by whatever means, the President should rather tell Ekiti people what he has done for them in the last three and half years.

“Today, we are beginning to receive signals to the effect that clandestine moves are being made to subvert the will of Ekiti people. With the failure of their “Ondo Option”, other evil means are now being devised.

“Despite that we have over 9,000 Youth Corps members in Ekiti State and it has been the general practice to engage the NYSC members in elections across the country, the APC in collusion with INEC has asked that students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) be recruited as INEC ad-hoc staff for the election, instead of youth corps members.

“We are in possession of an Internal Memorandum from the office of the
Dean of Students Affairs, FUOYE seeking registration of students of the University as INEC Presiding and Returning Officers for the

“As I speak, over 2,000 supposed FUOYE students have been registered; with a curious condition that they should provide Bank Account details of their close relations, apparently to avoid tracing any payment into their own accounts.