Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been declared winner of the governorship poll in an official INEC result of Ekiti 2018 governorship election held on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
According to INEC, Kayode Fayemi defeated his STRONGEST rival Prof. Kolapo Olusola of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 12 out of 16 Local Government Areas in the state.
Fayemi polled 197,459 while Olusola scored 178,114 votes.
The election was marred with inducement of electorates from both strong political parties APC and PDP, but “APC was stronger” a civil servant in the state said.
“My account was credited with N3,000 on the day of election as an encouragement to go out and vote, while we were also offered N4,000 at polling centre, even though Fayose is owing us salaries,” Ekiti state government worker who doesn’t want to be mentioned told infobase.
APC also distributed and lured voters with cash, “I was offered N5,000 to vote for the party but I rejected it. I am 73 years old retired teacher. I cannot allow the future of my children to be bought by moneybags. I don’t know how we descended to this level when people brazenly offer money to people to secure their votes. It was not like this in the past. Will our votes count with this problem?” he asked.
It was also alleged that some unused ballot papers were thumprinted by party agents and those without PVC, who were later paid N2,000.
One of the voters said, “If you look well and observe the polling units, the INEC officials connive to allow this thing to happen. They pretended to check the fingerprint but it is fraud they are perpetrating.”
The Ekiti governorship election is seen as a specimen to Osun Governorship Election holding later in the year.
Before the official INEC result of Ekiti 2018 governorship election, the state governor had stormed Ekiti Broadcasting Service to announce his deputy as the winner.
Both radio and television station owned and controlled by the state government was later shut down by Nigeria’s broadcasting regulatory body for violating broacasting code and electoral act.
Only INEC is empowered as the recognised body to announce an official result after the conclusion of an election.
Both major political parties in the state APC and PDP had pointed acussing fingers at each other over vote buying.