Femi Falana, SAN, a lawyer and human rights activist has claimed that Ekiti State would have been engulfed in a deep crisis after Saturday governorship election if the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, had not shut the Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday.
NBC had ordered the station shut down after Ekiti State Governor had gone into announce results in favour of his deputy who was running for governor when results are still being collated by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC.
The state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, had taken to the station to announce results in favour of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the state deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the winner of the election, which the NBC said was against the broadcasting code.
Earlier, the NBC had imposed a fine of five hundred thousand Naira as penalty when the State Governor had used the radio for political purposes imploring citizens not to receive the President when on an official visit.
Falana, however, called on the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to use his good offices, when he assumes office, to end inducement, thuggery and impunity, which he said the state had been associated with in recent times.
In an interview with our correspondent on Sunday, Falana also condemned the manner in which the voters were induced.
He said, “The NBC deserves commendation for closing down the Ekiti State television and radio stations where false results were announced by Governor Ayo Fayose. But for the closure, the state would have been engulfed in the violence of unimaginable proportion.
Dr Kayode Fayemi of All Progressives Congress, APC emerged the winner after results were announced by INEC. Governor Fayose or his Deputy are yet to officially congratulate the Dr Kayode Fayemi and the PDP have announced their rejection of the results alleging malpractice and their agents were being chased away from observing the process.