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EFCC Arrests Vote Buyers in Ekiti Elections

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stormed Ola Oluwa Grammar School in Ado Ekiti today to arrest persons alleged to be engaging in vote buying in the Ekiti Gubernatorial election concluded just some hours ago.

The EFCC who are part of security agencies monitoring the elections acted upon a tip off from an informants who had gone to exercise their franchise.

The EFCC while parading some of the suspects at the Oke Ori Omi Area Division of the Nigerian Police Force,Ado Ekiti, alleged the suspects were apprehended with large sum of cash while they were secretly inducing voters with it.

One Mr Damola Ojo of the PDP was among the alleged perpetrators of vote buying caught in the act. A PDP party agent at the polling unit, Babajide Adebayo, popularly known as Bishop in the neighbourhood, confirmed that Ojo is a PDP member but denied that he was inducing voters.

“When EFCC people came, somebody pointed at Ojo, who was standing alone. There was nobody with him; he was not talking to anybody or giving money to anybody. He was arrested and whisked away. Ojo is an engineer; he came to work in Ekiti but I have made calls to tell our leaders about the arrest.” Adebayo claimed.

Also it was alleged that the APC was offering as much as ₦10,000 to each electorate that voted for its candidate.

 Reacting to this report Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment has said that reports of voting-buying in the governorship election in Ekiti State is not solely carried out by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Incidences of vote-buying can’t be synonymous only with the ruling party, but the subtle message the other parties try to pass to the gullible is that only the ruling party engages in illegalities & that the only way an election can be deemed credible is if the ruling party loses,” The Minister said.
Other parties were also alleged to have offered between ₦2,000 and ₦5,000. The EFCC are investigating person’s arrested.
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