Ekiti conducts referendum for creation of 18 LGAs

Fayose had asked the public to boycott the referendum.


The Ekiti State Government on Saturday held a state-wide referendum on the creation of 18 local government areas in the state.

The state government said the vote was in response to the demand by the Ekiti people for additional local government areas in the state.

The referendum was held in 137 out of the 177 electoral wards in the state.

The Ekiti governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, had urged the people to boycott the referendum, which was conducted by incumbent, Kayode Fayemi, who will leave office in October.

There was, however, a large turn-out in places like Ikere-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Ifaki-Ekiti, Okemesi-Ekiti and Iyin-Ekiti.

Meanwhile, in Ire-Ekiti, Ikoro-Ekiti, and other areas, the turn-out was not impressive.

A former governor, Niyi Adebayo, and the Commissioner for Cooperation and Integration, Funminiyi Afuye, both chieftains of APC in Iyin-Ekiti and Ikere-Ekiti, commended the exercise, describing it as free and fair.

But the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Kola Kolawole, described the exercise as “a failure, null and void.”


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