The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday accused
the All Progressives Congress (APC) of conniving with the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the
July 14 governorship election in the State by, “Using
students of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) as
INEC ad-hoc staff for the election, instead of youth corps
Fayose alleged that the Vice Chancellor of FUOYE, Prof
Kayode Soremekun, was a card carrying member of the APC
and a close ally of the party’s candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi,
hence the plan to use the Professor to rig elections for APC.
Addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, the
governor 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.
“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
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
“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 election.
“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.
“The question is; with over 9,000 Youth Corps members in
Ekiti State, what is the need for FUOYE students in an
election that is holding in less than 2,200 polling units?
“Our counsel is that parents, guardians and families of
FUOYE students should prevail on their wards to shun this
Greek gift and avoid being used by desperate politicians.
“INEC too, must come clean on this. The electoral umpire
must tell the public the rationale behind the plot to jettison
youth corps members for supposed FUOYE st