Ekiti Election: Parties Battle Cash For Cash

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Ado-Ekiti – Residents of Ekiti on Friday said they would not reject cash inducements from politicians if offered to them in today’s governorship election.

Some of the people who spoke with Saturday INDEPENDENT however said they would collect the money and vote according to their consciences for the candidate of their choice.

There have been allegations of vote buying and cash inducements by agents of major political parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).

On Friday, a helicopter landed at the new Government House, Ayoba Villa, Ado-Ekiti.

The chopper landed at the Government House helipad few minutes past noon.

It has been alleged in some quarters that the chopper brought cash from a South-South governor.

PDP members have been trooping to the Government House to collect money.

They have been entering Government House through the small gate at the old Governor’s Office.

A female party member was seen complaining that she was not given her own share of the cash.

She said: “They have not been given me my own while some have been given twice.

“Anyone that collects this money and vote against Eleka shall not live to spend this money.

Also, Lere Olayinka, the media aide of Governor Ayo Fayose alleged that two bullion vans brought money from Abuja to share to residents of the state who will vote for the APC’s governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi

He also shared pictures showing bullion vans parked beside an aircraft at the Akure Airport. According to him, the vans were there to load cash, which the APC wants to use to influence the Ekiti elections in favour of Fayemi.

When our reporter spoke with some residents, they said there is nothing bad if politicians offer money to voters who sacrifice their time and energy to cast their votes.

Sarah Akinosun, a pharmacist at Awelede Road, Ado-Ekiti said she would gladly accept money from any politician who offered her. She however added that nobody could dictate to her who to vote for.

“Of course, I will accept money if given. This election is once every four years and I may not see these politicians again till 2022. I have my PVC and I know the candidate I will vote for, which I won’t disclose at the moment and nobody can convince me to change my mind. But if anybody offers me money tomorrow (Saturday), I will collect it,” she said.

Also speaking, an Okada rider named Adefemi who conveyed our correspondent around town said election time is a period when politicians share the national cake around.

He said he deliberately collected his PVC so as to use it to bargain on the day of election.

“I won’t demand for money to vote, but if anybody offers me money, I will collect. All these monies they are sharing are our money. Forget that talk that your vote is your power, don’t sell your votes. As we are speaking now, those in position of authority already know the winner of the election, so why should I waste my vote?

“In fact, I deliberately collected my PVC so as to use it to bargain. I know one of the conditions to collect money is to show your PVC. So, I am ready for them,” he said.

However, another resident, Fakunle Abraham said there is nothing wrong if politicians offered money to appreciate residents who endured long hours in the rain and sun just to exercise their civic responsibilities.

“I don’t see anything wrong if a politician gives money to people to encourage them to come out and vote. On Election Day, most people don’t come out and that is what they call voter apathy. So, if politicians offer money as a strategy to encourage people to come out, I see nothing wrong in that. Do you know what it means to stand for long hours in the sun just because you want to vote?

“But bribing people to vote for you is wrong. If you know you have something good to offer the people, you don’t have to bribe,” he said.

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