Ekiti Guber: Voters Reveal How They Were Induced With Cash, Handsets, TV

LAGOS JULY 22ND (NEWSRANGERS)-Last Saturday’s election in Ekiti state has been concluded, but the controversies trailing same, especially monetary inducements of voters, are yet to die down, as some of the voters themselves, in shocking revelation told Saturday Telegraph how they were induced by almost all the parties in the election.
Journalists who moved round were told how some candidates went into competition, struggling to outdo one another in order to get the attention and admiration of voters, using gifts and cash.
Many of the voters, spread across entire length of the state, and cutting across all ages, admitted having received monetary benefits, alongside valuables including TV sets, handsets, and a host other gift items, which they claimed actually swayed them.
Sola, a fashion designer in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, explained he received cash gifts ranging from N4,000 and N7,000 from two prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), another N5,000 from an All Progressives Congress chieftain, while still another amount came from the Labour Party, noting he received all as gifts right inside his shop.
His words: “I took all the money right here in my shop. I hardly go out, as I have a long list of customers to satisfy. But they would come into the shop, ask for my voter card, and upon my showing them, they dip their hands into their pockets. I don’t go to them.”
Abodunde, a female teacher in the state disclosed she got almost N30,000 in various sums, including the ones she got on the day of election at the polling centres, seeing the inducements as “luck”. “I was very lucky that day. Someone gestured to me to come while I was on the line.
I moved in the direction right there where we were voting. When I got there, I was given N4,000. Deola, a trader, however explained she was instructed before voting that she should show the ballot paper to someone immediately after applying the ink, after which she was given N10, 000, noting “Whoever was not ready to receive the cash would not be bold enough to show the paper.
Her words: “While I was on the queue, someone came to me, pointing in certain direction, the direction of the person waiting to see my card. Beside that one is another person, as I got to know soon after voting, who was carrying a small bag containing only a thousand naira denomination.

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