The Presidency has denied allegations of seeking to influence the outcome of today’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ayo Fayose.
The Presidency was reacting to allegations by the All Progressives Congress in which it was accused of stopping opposition governors from attending the final campaign rally of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, in an interaction with State House correspondents last night, argued that President Jonathan had consistently proven to be committed to democracy, rule of law and free and fair elections.
Abati urged the APC to search themselves instead of “crying wolf where there is none”
“It is absolutely wrong to accuse this administration of repression. If anything, this administration has been most tolerant of opposition and most respectful of everybody’s right of association. This accusation cannot stand at all.
“The Jonathan administration remains committed to democracy and its principles.
“Where elections are concerned, it is a matter of public record that President Jonathan is committed to free and fair elections and the integrity of elections. This is in fact one of the major areas of achievements of his administration.
“In Ekiti election and any other election at all, the government is committed to one man, one vote; one woman, one vote; and one youth, one vote which is President Jonathan’s concept,” said Abati.
Abati added that the security agencies had a duty to stop anyone who may compromise the integrity of the election from entering the state.
“At the same time, the security agencies have an obligation to ensure that people who, with their choices, would rather compromise the integrity of the process are not allowed to do so,” Abati said.