- The vote buying allegations that rocked the Ekiti governorship election is still a trending topic
- The issue has created a credibility crisis for the governor-elect of the state, Kayode Fayemi
- Adams Oshiomhole said he does not think that APC had the kind of resources under Fayemi to resort to vote-buying
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the governor-elect of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, does not have the financial capability for vote-buying as alleged in some quarters.
Oshiomhole made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s almost two months after the former minister won the July 14 governorship election in the state.
“No one can claim that Fayemi is a rich man, I know he was struggling to find money to mobilise and to sustain his campaign,” the party chairman said, adding that he was well aware of the financial position of the governor-elect in the run-up to the election.
He explained that he was not in Ekiti and cannot claim to be a witness to vote-buying and did not participate in any decision to vote money to buy votes in the state.
Oshiomhole, however, claimed that it was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent governor that had access to such resources.
“I do not think that APC had the kind of resources under Fayemi to resort to vote-buying. I guess it is the guy who had access to Ekiti treasury, which in this case was the PDP and then the sitting governor, who was so confident that he has all the resources.
“He even described himself as a rock – you fall on him you will break, if he falls on you he will crush you. Now, the definition and the particulars of this rock may be in terms of the amount of naira that he thought was available,” the APC chairman alleged.
Oshiomhole stressed that although he would not dismiss the allegation, he was never a party to vote-buying and could not have possibly supported it.
Meanwhile, a front-line PDP presidential hopeful, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has accused the APC-led federal government of derailing from the vision of Nigeria's founding fathers.
Turaki made the comment on Wednesday, September 5, when he led his campaign team to meet with the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, at the Government House, Ilorin as part of his nationwide consultations ahead of the PDP presidential primary.
The former minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs lamented further that the country is so divided like never before with the heightened resurgence of ethnic self-determination, besides experiencing profound security problems.
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