By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—FORMER Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Ayo Arise, yesterday, said members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who indicated interest in the governorship election didn’t violate any provision of the 2010 Electoral Act.
Arise, who said declaration of intent was not an open campaign but a mobilising step by any party members to shore up the party’s popularity, added that he was not a stranger to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 which stipulated that aspirants can only campaign 90 days to the election.
Arise said: “The statement credited to former governor Kayode Fayemi that he decided to tarry a while before declaring for the governorship position to prevent him from flouting the Electoral Act only portrayed those who had earlier declared as lawbreakers, I think those of us who have declared intentions should be commended for mobilising for the party.”
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti, Arise said: “The statement that all other aspirants are not law abiding is not good enough. Those of us who have declared are not lawbreakers.
“Fayemi is the leader of the party. We are not unaware of the provision of the law. It could have been more dignified if he had said he was coming late because of his status as a Minister. It is not good for him to have portrayed all of us as not law abiding.
“However, we welcome him into the race. He is a leader of our great party and the primary I think will be interesting.”
“But this is an election we must win and nobody should try to ascribe wisdom to himself. And I will advise him not to use or do anything that would make him looks smarter than all of us”, he advised.
Making further clarifications on the issue provisions of the law, Arise said: “INEC only give guidelines to checkmate violence and a party is not duty bound to wait for INEC before mobilizing. So, I expected him (Fayemi) to have eulogized us for mobilizing for the party.”
On the fact that Fayemi’s joining the race may alter the permutations, the former Senate member added: “I don’t envisage any problem, all of us are eminent Ekiti indigenes.