By Taiwo Ojoye
Femi Makinde, Kamarudeen Ogundele and Tunde Ajaja
As the Ekiti State governorship election holds today, findings by Saturday PUNCH investigations have revealed that some political parties have been offering bribes to residents who have the Permanent Voter Cards to influence them to vote for their candidates.
One of our correspondents gathered that trusted agents of the parties involved in the act started distributing cash inside envelopes from house to house on Thursday night up till Friday morning.
A resident of the Immigration area, along the Poly Road, in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said one of the parties was with a list of some targeted voters and was inducing them with N4,000 each.
The resident said the party’s agents had come to his residence and given out money to three persons in the house.
He said, “Politicians started distributing money to influence voters to cast their votes for their candidates in the election. We were already asleep on Thursday night when they came and knocked on our gate and handed envelopes to three persons whose names were on their lists.
“They gave three persons, but I was not given because I didn’t register as a voter in the area. I think they used the voter register unit-by-unit to identify those they had given money to. They would have given me if my name was on their register. Those who were given envelopes opened them and discovered that there was N4,000 inside each envelopes.”
It’s criminal to take pictures of ballot paper, sell votes, INEC warns
Responding to the development, the Independent National Electoral Commission has warned the electorate not to for any reason, take pictures of their ballot paper or collect money in exchange for their votes.
The spokesperson for the commission in Ekiti State, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, who gave this warning in a telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, said anyone found wanting for either of the offences would be arrested and prosecuted.
There had been rumours that some politicians told their supporters to take pictures of their ballot papers as a way of protecting their votes.
But INEC said such an act was against the law and would not be condoned.
Gbadegesin said, “No one is allowed to take pictures of the ballot paper. It is criminal and …read more
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