‘Ekiti governorship poll rejected’ — Moses Jolayemi

By Francis IWUCHUKWU, Lagos

The outcome of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, Nigeria, was on Sunday declared unacceptable by the Segun Oni Campaign Organisaton.

It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Biodun Oyebanji as the winner of the election.

Oyebanji polled 187,057 to defeat the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Segun Oni, who scored 82,211, while the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bisi Kolawole scored 67,457.

However, in its reaction, the campaign organisation through its spokesperson, Moses Jolayemi insisted that the ruling party was engaged in vote-buying.

According to him, “The outcome is unacceptable by us as a party because it is a travesty of democracy, it is a rape on democracy and clear daylight robbery, the APC has taken advantage of the peoples’ pathetic state of poverty and that is why you see that the APC refused to campaign. They were not going round doing rallies; we were the ones campaigning because they knew what they wanted to do.

“Their strategy was simple: buy these peoples’ votes and that is why they kept the people in perpetual poverty so that they can be of use every four years.

“They know that it is difficult for someone who is very hungry to resist cash. Some of them have children that are of voting age; some have four children plus their wife and themselves. “If you multiply N5000 by six, it gives you N30,000, which is a huge amount to these people.

“To make this kind of money huge and important, that is why they (APC) have kept them in that financial bondage.

“In the United States of America, for example, it will be foolhardy for anyone o envelope $10 or $20 for people to vote.

“They will be asking you if you are okay or if you have not gone crazy because what are they going to do with it?

“The basic things of life have been taken off by the government but here, their dignity is already taken off them with the way the APC has kept them.

“The security agencies compromised. The see and buy thing was going on while the security agencies looked the other way.

“INEC is also culpable because the arrangement of the polling booth and the ballot boxes was awkward. You wonder why this should be so. The election may appear free, but it was not fair.

“It was not free of violence anyway because the third thing they did, was to make use of their thugs.

“We have videos of some of their thugs snatching ballot boxes. What did the security agents do, they looked the other way.”

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