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Ekiti Guber: Yoruba Group Condemns ‘See And Buy’ Voting



The Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative (TYLPI) has strongly condemned what it called a “age-long act of money inducement of voters” brazenly perpetrated by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates and their agents during the last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state.

The group in a statement issued in Abuja Monday, and signed by the TYLPI media committee chairman, Sir Folu Olamiti, said the voters’ inducement, which was carried out before and on during the Ekiti election in the full glare of both local and international observers has odious effects that will continue to haunt the nation’s electoral process.
“Last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State might have been concluded with the contestants and the umpire as well as Security Agencies congratulating themselves for a job-well-done. However the odious effects of open money inducement of the electorates have continued to reverberate worldwide.
“TYLPI strongly believes this is not in advancement of our democracy and unrepresentative of the authentic will of the people. There must be a time when enough must be enough. Now it’s the time to put a determined full-stop into this show of shame which has been with us even before Independence.

“We are not short of electoral laws fashioned to give us a robust and civilised democratic political dispensation. What is unarguably and ashamedly happening is the grave impunity by which electoral laws especially at the end of the process are brazenly committed. It is ominous.

“We say an emphatic no to this disgraceful act and TYLPI therefore is calling on the relevant authorities who usually turned their eyes the other way when the laws are being violated to immediately commence judicial proceedings of all those that have infringed upon any known electoral laws. Let this be used as a checkmate to politicians , INEC officials and security agents in a way that will sanitize our electoral contests,” it said.

The group added that it believes the damage already done to the national image internationally by last Saturday’s near unprecedented electoral aberration could still be salvaged, calling on relevant agencies of government to act immediately by punishing the offenders.

“The government and INEC should make a scapegoat of criminal perpetrators involved in ‘see and buy’ in the last Saturday election in Ekiti and redeem our national image badly tainted internationally,” it said.




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