- The process preceding the governorship election in Ekiti state capital is going smooth and orderly
- NAIJ.com observed that citizens of the state and security operatives have been conducting themselves in orderly manner
- However, NAIJ.com also observed that there is heavy security presence in and around the state capital
Despite all the controversies surrounding the forthcoming election in Ekiti state and most especially the heated discussion it has generated on social media, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital of Ekiti state, on Thursday, July 12, is calm and quiet.
NAIJ.com observed residents of the state capital moving about their daily duties normally without the usual clusters of people in newspaper stands or in some corners of the city as obtainable in previous elections in different locations in Nigeria.
NAIJ.com also observed heavy security in and around the state capital with occasional convoy of vehicles blaring siren moving in or out of the city.
Right from Ado park to Okeyinmi, Okesa, Okese and Ojumose areas of the city, NAIJ.com observed that the residents were going about their businesses peacefully, a development which clearly negates the ongoing social media frenzy occasioned by the July 14 gubernatorial election in the state.
Government House, the location of the reported attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose was also quiet as people moved about their daily duties quietly.
NAIJ.com also observed the same quiet and orderliness that permeate the city when it visited the INEC office where some ad-hoc members were seen receiving materials for the election.
The process of accreditation of observers was also going on peacefully as at the time of filing this report.
Also, as at the time of filing this report and in the places visited by NAIJ.com, the police and military were conducting themselves in an orderly manner.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, July 11, urged the security agencies deployed to Ekiti ahead of Saturday’s governorship election to act within the ambit of the laws of the land.
The ex-president’s appeal followed media reports of alleged manhandling of some people, including Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
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