Sowore accuses APC of monetising Ekiti elections

Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress’ presidential candidate, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of profiting from the just-concluded governorship election in Ekiti State on Sunday.

Biodun Oyebanji, the APC’s governorship candidate and the state’s immediate past Secretary to the Government, won the governorship election in 15 of the state’s 16 Local Government Areas.

He received 187,057 votes, beating out his opponents Olabisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party; as well as Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party, who received 67,457 and 82,211 votes, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sowore blasted the practice as “unfair and corrupt” on Twitter.

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“In Ekiti the, the APC monetised the governorship election to the point that those that stayed away from their (s)election playing street soccer probably felt they are the only ones who took the right decision. It’s a shame!

“Governor Kayode Fayemi of the APC made his name as a “pro-democracy” activist. By yesterday, he and other members of his party destroyed Democracy with paper money!” Sowore said; while sharing a video of some youths playing football while the election was held in the state.

Meanwhile, Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, criticised vote-buying and unethical electoral behaviour in Nigeria on Sunday.

The former governor of Anambra was reacting to allegations of vote-buying and other irregularities in Ekiti State’s governorship election on Saturday.

Some party agents were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged vote-buying during the election.

Peter Obi blamed various issues in Nigeria on the impunity of its leaders and followers in an interview on the Voice of the People platform, a citizen-based programme.

“It is sad that our elections are riddled with mounting malpractices. We have got to this stage due to the nature of the government we operate. One major factor is poverty, but that should never be an excuse. Those who find it easy to sell away their precious right are committing suicide,” Peter Obi lamented.

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