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EKITI 2018: Fayemi Too Poor To Engage In Vote-Buying – Oshiomhole


National Chairman of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has disclosed that it would have been impossible for Ekiti governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to have engaged in vote-buying to win the Ekiti gubernatorial election.

Fayemi defeated the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, aka Eleka, in the state’s July 14 election as he won 197,459 votes to his opponent’s 178,121 votes.

However, many observers and the opposition, led by Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose, have accused Fayemi and the ruling APC of engaging in violence and illegal vote-buying with money paid to voters on the day of the election.

While appearing during an interview on Channels Television, Oshiomhole said Fayemi could not possibly have been able to engage in vote-buying due to his meager means.

He said, “I was not in Ekiti so I can’t claim to be a witness to vote-buying and I did not participate in any decision to buy votes in Ekiti, and I have my doubts as to if votes were to be bought and sold.

“No one can claim that Fayemi is a rich man. I know that he was struggling to find money to mobilize and sustain his campaign that he could have had such huge tons of money.”

He further alleged that the only person capable of engaging in vote-buying during the election is Fayose.

He said, “I guess it’s the guy who had access to Ekiti treasury, which in this case was the PDP and then the sitting governor (Fayose), who was so confident that he has all the resources.

“He even described himself as a rock – if you fall on him you will break, if he falls on you he will crush you. Now, the definition and the particulars of this rock may well be in terms of the amount of naira that he thought was available.”

Despite his conviction that Fayemi or the APC have no financial muscle to engage in vote-buying in Ekiti, Oshiomhole said he could not dismiss the allegation.

“I’m not going to dismiss the allegations either way, just to say that I was not a party to it and I couldn’t have possibly supported it,” he said.

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