We’re Ready For Ekiti Assembly Bye-Election – INEC Says
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State has expressed its readiness to conduct bye-election into the vacant Ekiti Southwest Constituency 2 seat.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, said a directive was being awaited from the Commission’s headquarters to hold the bye-election any moment from now.
The seat became vacant following the death of former occupant, Mr. Michael Adedeji. He was killed by suspected gunmen who opened fire on him in the early hours of October 26.
Adedeji, who was rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI) after being shot on the head at close range at a location in Onigari GRA, Ado Ekiti, died three days later.
Raji, who addressed reporters in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, promised that the electoral umpire would conduct a credible poll to fill the vacant seat anytime the Ekiti office receives greenlight from Abuja.
Speaking through agency’s spokesman in Ekiti, Taiwo Gbadegesin, Raji disclosed that he has written to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman on the vacant seat only awaiting directive to set machinery in motion for the conduct of the election.