Ekiti Polls: 5 Arrested for Vote Buying as Accusations of Monetization Mar Voting

There are indications that no fewer than five persons have been arrested by police in Ado Ekiti for allegedly distributing money to voters during the governorship election.
They were said to have been arrested at the voting centre in front of Jonathan Memorial School, Ajilosun area of the state capital.
Findings shows that the two parties perpetrated the act openly.
This is even as accusations and counter accusations have continued to fly about that the two major political parties are sharing money openly to induce voters.
State Governor, Ayo Fayose alleged that the process has been hijacked by police.
Fayose said after voting: “I raised this alarm, that this Ekiti election may be marred by violence, and this is what is happening now.
“Majority of my staff have been arrested by the police. My chief of Staff has been arrested. The security agencies have taken over the responsibility of INEC.
“The police authority has refused to pick their call, you cannot reach any one of them. This is sad.”
According to him, “reports indicated that they are planning to over-run the place that is the where the governorship candidate of my party hails from.
”There are reports of ballot snatching and votes buying in Ado and other areas across the state.”
Meanwhile, two governorship candidates of Mega Party Bisi Omoyeni and Accord Party, Abiodun Aluko raised the alarm of vote-buying by political parties.
Omoyeni alleged that “some political parties had been buying votes by giving money to voters openly.but said he was confident of winning despite this because he was the best of all the candidates.
“My expectation is that I will win this election despite vote-buying. Ekiti people do not want those ones, they know them and they know I am the best.
“I learnt people have been distributing money to buy votes. INEC should not allow this, security agents should not allow this. If we allow this to continue.
The governorship candidate of the Accord Party, Abiodun Aluko alleged “that the All Progressives Congress openly distributing N5,000 cash to voters to influence them to vote for their candidate, while APC leaders were paying N5000 per vote, the PDP leaders were paying N4,000 apart from the N3000 they paid to the accounts of civil servants and pensioners.
”What we are doing is not an election. It is money competition. The PDP started it by paying N3,000 to accounts of civil servants and pensioners. I am a pensioner and I received an alert of N3,000 to vote for PDP.
“I called the pension office that is my pension now N3000? They told me that it was mobilisation to vote for PDP candidate and that we would meet on the field for the balance.
“All okada unions have been given millions of naira to buy the votes of their members. On the surface, you will observe that there is no fighting but the absence of violence does not mean that there is peace.”
Aluko said: ”Security agents turned blind eyes to the distribution of money which was done openly. This is so because there is so much poverty in the land and many believe that today is the only day they can get something from the government that has not done anything for them.”

Author: News Editor

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