The police on Friday, July 20, arraigned 10 suspects before an Ado-Ekiti magistrate’s court for their alleged involvement in vote-buying during last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
Police prosecutor Femi Fałade tołd the court that they allegedly offered money to voters to induce them to vote for their parties at the poll, The Nation reports.
Falade said the offence contravened Section 130 (a) and 130 (b) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
The accused persons are Olowosile Eunice, Ajayi Modupe, Ayodele Omolara, Suliat Habib, Udoh Anthony, Oyebola Kemi, Roseline Tunde, Odunayo Toyin and Babalola Esther.
Falade said that the accused persons and others at large whose addresses were not disclosed in court committed the offence on Friday, July 13 at Ojaoba shopping complex in Ado-Ekiti.
He alleged that Olowosile Eunice corruptly offered money to other accused persons to unduly influence them to vote for her political party during the July 14, governorship election in Ekiti state.
Falade also alleged that Ajayi Modupe and other accused persons, being voters, did corruptly accept money from Olowosile Eunice to vote at the Ekiti state governorship election held on July 14, 2018.
The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable him to study the case file and assemble his witnesses.
The defendants pleaded not guilty, and their lawyer, Chris Omokhafe, urged the court to grant the defendants bail, promising that they would not jump bail.
The chief magistrate, Adesoji Adegboye, in his ruling granted each defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety each in like sum.
He adjourned the case until August 9 for hearing.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was urged to declare Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka as the winner of Ekiti state gubernatorial election which was held on Saturday, July 14.
This was contained in a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
PDP in the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed that new facts had emerged to the National Working Committee (NWC) to warrant for the call for the declaration of Eleka as the authentic winner of the poll.
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