How NBC averted post-election crisis in Ekiti– Falana

Femi Falana, SAN

Human-rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has said if the National Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, had not stopped the operations of the Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday the state would have been in disaster after the polls.

He made the statement during an interview with Punch on Sunday.

According to Falana, “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,” he said.

Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose, had gone to the state-owned media to release election results declaring the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, as the winner of the governorship poll.

The NBC, however, faulted Fayose’s action saying it was against the ethics of broadcasting.

Falana also urged the governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi and the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC to checkmate the issue of voter inducement, adding that the electorate should be enlightened to desist from electoral malpractices.

His words: “The governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, owes the Ekiti people a duty to end inducement, thuggery and impunity which Ekiti State has been associated in recent times.

“In particular, the electorate should be enlightened to distance themselves from electoral fraud and allied offences.

“The open purchase of votes displayed during the governorship elections in Edo, Anambra and Ondo states was repeated in Ekiti State on Saturday,” Falana said.

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