Critical Times News : Ekiti Guber: Vote buying is not our style, anyone who has evidence of vote buying should prove it, says Fayemi

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Ekiti Guber: Vote buying is not our style, anyone who has evidence of vote buying should prove it, says Fayemi


Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, has dismissed allegations of massive vote-buying by his All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure his victory in last Saturday’s gubernatorial election over the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Olusola Eleka.

He reacted to the allegations on Thursday at the State House, Abuja after paying a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support towards the electoral success.

The election has been trailed by reports that voters were paid between N4,000 and N5,000 to thumbprint the ballot papers in favour of particular candidates on the election day.

He said: “I haven’t any substantive evidence of allegations of vote-buying and intimidation. In the place where l voted, there was no vote-buying anywhere.

“As far as our party is concerned, we did not engage in that, it is not our style. We won the election fair and square and it was an election that we fought on issues and not on the basis of any vote-buying.

“So, whoever has any evidence of that should present it to an independently verifiable audience”, Fayemi told State House correspondents.

He said that he was putting in place a team that will work with him to reposition the state and redefine the concept of “stomach infrastructure” as popularised by the outgoing Governor Ayodele Fayose, who defeated him to become governor of the state in 2014.

The process would include a probe of Fayose’s tenure, including why salaries were owed to workers.

According to him, “we are in the transition stage, we will begin to look into the record of the state, its assets and liabilities and we expect the outgoing government to extend its hands of cooperation to us.

“We will engage also all of our professionals to ensure that we deliver good governance to Ekiti people. That is what they voted for and that is what we intend to give.

“We never saw ‘stomach infrastructure’ from any pedestrian manner that the current administration has lived it up to. For us, it is about total development of our people, human and capital development in education, healthcare, in social services and infrastructure development. It is total service we focused on,” he said.

Fayemi, who displayed his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), also boasted that with Ekiti in the kitty, the APC would surely win the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State.

Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, who accompanied Fayemi on the visit, thanked INEC and the security agencies for their conduct during the poll.

He said that “despite the misconstrued reports, they provided their best. I have seen many who said this is the most peaceful election we have had.”

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