Ekiti election: The world is watching – Odumakin warns politicians

The President of the Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA), Dr Joe
Okei-Odumakin, has said that the Ekiti State 2018 Gubernatorial
Election would be a litmus test for the 2019 General Elections and all
eyes globally will be on the state.

Odumakin, speaking to journalists on Friday in Lagos said that it was
critical that security agencies support INEC in the conduct of a free,
fair and credible election in the state.

Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA) is one of the 54 Election
Observers groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to observe the 2018 Ekiti election on Saturday.

"It should be noted that the Ekiti State 2018 gubernatorial election
is very important and it is a litmus test for the 2019 general
elections and the whole world is watching us.

"We are calling on all stakeholders to ensure that all hands are on
deck to sustain the democratic gains we have obtained in the past few
years.

"Politicians and those contesting in this election are encouraged to
respect the rights of the electorates by adhering to the rule of the
game.

"They should inform and educate their supporters on the need to eschew
violence and embrace peace in all their activities.

"The unfortunate incidence of forceful dispersion of citizens
embarking on a peaceful campaign rally at Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, July
11, is not helpful to maintaining peace in the state," she said.

Okei-Odumakin further appealed to eligible voters in the state to come
out in masses to vote for candidates of their choice.

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