The Chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board,
Professor Femi Akinwumi has described the allegation that some
teachers in the State were directed to submit their voter’s cards to
be used for a particular candidate in the forthcoming gubernatorial
election as “illogical and a lie from the pit of hell”.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, Prof Akinwumi
wondered what use a voter’s card is to anyone other than the lawful
owner of the card, stressing that it is illogical to allege that any
individual or group of people was asked to surrender their voter’s
cards since the cards are useless to third parties.

Akinwumi stated that the State Government only sensitized people in
the State on the importance of obtaining their Permanent Voter’s
cards, adding that sensitization efforts did not exclude teachers.

According to him, reports from all Education Secretaries across the
State also repudiated the provocative contention, emphasizing that no
Government official is authorized to demand for voter’s cards from
anybody and no teacher, any other person or group of people had been
asked to surrender their voter’s cards by the State government.

He advised people in the State to be wary of unscrupulous politicians,
charlatans and political jobbers who may want to take advantage of
their innocence by immediately reporting any unwholesome activity
around them to appropriate authorities.

Reiterating the commitment of the Fayemi led administration to the
welfare of teachers and the entire workforce in the State, Akinwumi
assured that government would not relent efforts at protecting their
interest, adding that they should however shun partisan politics and
be diligent.

He also cautioned politicians against engaging in campaign of calumny
and heating up the polity, stressing the need to make the entire
process issue-based towards ensuring a peaceful and hitch-free
election in the interest of all and sundry.




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