- Governor Ayo Fayose has warned Ekiti civil servants not to sell their votes on election day
- He said such action could lead to them being arrested and handed over to the Electoral Offences Tribunal for prosecution
- Fayose also solicited their support for his deputy, Prof Eleka, who he described as a visionary leader
Civil servants in Ekiti have been cautioned by the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, against selling their votes to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the election day.
The governor gave the warning while handing over promotion letters to civil servants at the Fajuyi Pavilion in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, on Monday, June 25, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Fayose stated that any such offer to buy votes could land the workers in trouble as it could be a trick to arrest them and hand them over to the Electoral Offences Tribunal for prosecution.
He pointed out that the people offering money may not be able to secure the freedom of the workers; stressing that they would be on their own if caught taking money to vote for a particular candidate on the day of the election.
The governor urged the workers to cast their votes and wait until the announcement of results.
He stated: “Be very careful of the way you collect money to vote during the coming election. They will use money to entice you, but collecting such money at polling centres is an electoral offence.
“If you are caught and you are found culpable, you can be prosecuted and end up in jail.
“The security people will arrest you and you will be prosecuted at the Electoral Offences Tribunal. Don’t allow them to rig the election, vote and stay there until the votes are counted.”
Fayose also used the occasion to reiterate his promise to pay the backlog of workers’ salaries before leaving office; or at least, reduce it to the barest minimum.
He also solicited their support for his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola-Eleka on election day, stating: “I ask for your support for Olusola (Eleka), come July 14. He is a visionary leader who will take over from me. He is one of us. I want to say we have only one state and we must preserve it.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose reiterated his call for a free and fair gubernatorial election in the state on July 14; stating that the people of the state would resist any attempt to rig the election.
The governor said he was aware that there were plans being hatched by certain people to rig the coming election which he said would show the difference between ‘boys and men’.
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