By Segun Odeleye
In Ekiti state, politics has taken centre stage, as the people prepare for the June governorship election. Statements made by political figures are scrutinised and re-scrutinised.
The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, was reported to have boasted that her husband, Governor Kayode Fayemi would poll not less than 500,000 votes in the coming governorship election in the state.
Following that statement, some people criticised her, claiming that her husband intended to rig the elections.
The major attack against Mrs. Fayemi came from the wife of a chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Princess Adetomi Adeyeye. She accused Fayemi of allegedly planning to rig the June 21 Governorship election based on the figure said to have been quoted by his wife.
However, Mrs Fayemi said on Saturday while fielding questions at Isan Ekiti, her husband’s country home that her husband did not need to rig election to win the forthcoming poll “considering his sterling achievements since assumption of office.”
Mrs. Fayemi who registered as a member of the APC said that what Fayemi has been able to achieve, which she said cut across his 8-point agenda, has endeared him to the residents of the state.
Further clarifying the statement, the governor’s wife said, “I only used the figure to draw an analogy. I shouldn’t have said my husband will record 500,000 votes even when the whole voting strength of Ekiti is in the region of 750,000.
“I only said the margin between my husband and others will be high, that if he polls 500,000 that the next person will be less than 100,000. That was the statement I made which some people had interpreted to mean what they thought suited them most,” she clarified.
She however, insisted that if the governorship election in the state is held today, her husband would have a landslide victory over his opponents.