Ekiti: Voters Turn Out En masse To Elect Fayemi's Successor - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Ekiti: Voters Turn Out En masse To Elect Fayemi's Successor

••• As Allegation Of Votes Buying Trails The Exercise

• Ado Ekiti this morning

The Daily Crucible | Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Governorship election in Ekiti State began on a peaceful note this morning in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, with some of the indigenes and residents showing off their PVCs as they  trooped out in droves to polling units for accreditation ahead of the actual casting of votes - which is expected to commence shortly.

Excitement suffused the faces of many of them while for others, it is all doubt, anxiety and fear about the undertain fate that awaits their political parties and candidates.

The Daily Crucible reports that the immediate past Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former state  chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bisi Kolawole, and ex - governor Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) are the dominant parties and candidates in today's governorship race.

Although the Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party(NNPP) and few other political parties - African Democratic Congress (ADC), Accord Party, Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Young Progressives Party (YPP)
have their candidates participating in the race to succeed incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi but it is generally agreed that the 
trifecta of Oyebanji(APC), Kolawole(PDP) and Oni(SDP) are the major contenders.

Ekiti election is another litmus test on how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has prepared itself regarding effective deployment and management of technology in the conduct of elections to engender free,  fair, credible and transparent elections in Nigeria.

However, there are unconfirmed reports that subtle votes buying is happening in some polling units with chant of slogans that bordered on 'cast your vote and solve stomach infrastructure,' 'vote and cook soup' among others.

Our reporter learnt that agents of the ADC and SDP at Ward 2 Unit 8, Iworoko, Ifelofun/Irepodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State had claimed that a particular political party was engaging in vote-buying at the ongoing Ekiti State governorship poll.

Agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, have dismissed the allegation, saying separately that the election was progressing peacefully.

But in a trending video, a running commentary claimed in one unit at ward10 Ado, Ado Ekiti, the ballot box containing ballot papers (cast votes) was vandalized and thrown down by people suspected to be political thugs.

It was learnt that chaos erupted at the ward  following failed bids to rig or buy votes allegedly by the major political parties.  

Some of the voters aversed to votes buying or rigging, allegedly, disrupted the exercise in Ado.

A woman identified as Muyibat heard lamenting and tears at polling unit 002, Ward 2, Sabo area of Ijero Local Government Area, saying she voted for one the major political parties but wasn’t given money.

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