The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said that he has never failed in an election before.
Tinubu said this at APC the rally held on Tuesday in Ekiti ahead of the governorship election in the state to drum up support for the party’s candidate in the election, Biodun Oyebanji.
The governorship election in the state is slated for Saturday, June 18, 2022.
Tinubu said, “I’ve never failed an election before.”
Tinubu, who also spoke in the Yoruba language told the people to vote so that they can get money. He said, “To ba t’eka, o le te owo o” meaning, “if you don’t vote, you can’t hold money.”
Tinubu also said the “Peoples Democratic Party is a poverty development party,” urging the people of the state to vote for the APC in the state and in the 2023 presidential election.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, on Tuesday, had also assured the Ekiti electorate that necessary arrangements had been put in place to ensure transparency and security on Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
While Yakubu reassured the Ekiti people that the decision of who would become the next governor of the state would be that of the electorate through their votes, Baba said necessary security deployment had been made so that people could cast their votes without fear of molestation and that the votes would count.
The INEC chairman and the police chief spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital, during the Election Stakeholders’ Meeting on Ekiti State Governorship Election attended by party leaders and candidates of participating parties, security agencies, and civil society organisations.
The INEC boss said, “Let me assure political parties and voters that the task of electing a new governor will be left in the hands of Ekiti voters. We won’t take any action to the advantage or disadvantage of any particular party or candidate. We are going to do everything according to the constitution and provisions of the Electoral Act.”
On his part, the IGP said that the 177 wards and 2,445 polling units would be manned by appropriate manpower. Assuring, he said, “Let me say this, the massive deployment is not to scare the citizens, but to protect the sanctity of the ballots and the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“Those who want to constitute clog in the wheel of progress will face the consequences of their actions. National security should be of priority and uppermost in our minds. Let us conduct this election in the most civil manner.
“All the parties must embrace the virtues of democracy. We will not allow any person or group of persons to disrupt this election no matter how highly placed. Let all the contenders provide the moral leadership so that we can achieve success together.”