Human rights lawyer, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, has accused the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of engaging in vote buying in Ikere-Ekiti, the hometown of its candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola.
He was reacting to Olusola’s allegation that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won Saturday’s election largely to alleged purchase of votes.
Olusola and his party, PDP, have signified intent to challenge the victory of the governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, before the Election Petition Tribunal.
Ogele, a native of Ikere like Olusola, alleged that PDP and its agents induced voters at his Okesegun Polling Unit in Ogbonjana Ward.
The National Coordinator of Ekiti Redemption Group (ERG) also warned Olusola not to use state funds to sponsor his proposed court case against the poll result.
According to him, he has been compiling evidence of alleged PDP vote buying to be forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.
Ogele said: “I am a voter and I voted for the candidate of my choice in our unit, Okesegun Unit in Ogbonjana Ward, Ikere-Ekiti where PDP asked voters to fill forms and the voters who voted for them were given tallies.
“After being giving tallies to voters who voted for PDP, they were asked to go to a location nearby where they were given money.
“In the same ward, we prevented some of the PDP thugs from hijacking our ballot box. The PDP should come out and explain where they got the huge amount of money they shared on election day.
“PDP chairman and any other person in the party lack the moral justification that other parties shared money at the election.
“PDP lost because of the character that is ruling Ekiti while Dr. Kayode Fayemi won on his goodwill.
“PDP in Ekiti State is an agent of poverty, circulating poverty in Ekiti State. Ekiti people are fed up with looting, impunity, deceit being perpetrated by the Fayose administration.”