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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ekiti Election;- Parties Induce Voters With Money

Impressive turn - out of voters on Saturday was the hallmark of the governorship election in Ekiti State , and results may be announced earlier than expected as voting has been seamless in many polling units .

However, there were incidents of altercations over open inducement of voters.

But none of the 35 participating parties owned up to the inducement allegation , even as they traded blames .

Voters turned out en masse at most polling centres across the 16 local governments and 177 electoral wards in the state , despite initial apprehension a few days to the poll .

There were only a few hiccups with the card readers.
The elements also favoured the polls , as there was no sign of rain in the towns and villages .

In every place visited , the voters formed long queues as security agents stood by , monitoring the exercise .

There was no complaint about late arrival of voting materials .
NAN reports that the only problem was how to control the crowd of voters who kept trooping to various voting venues .
NAN learnt that the highest amount of money doled out as inducement in some instances was N 5 , 000 , while the lowest was N 3 , 000.

At Iyin - Ekiti, hometown of former Governor Niyi Adebayo who is the newly elected Deputy National Deputy Chairman ( South ) of APC , elections went on smoothly in the two wards in the town .

Voting was peaceful also at Ise- Ekiti,
hometown of a former Works Minister and a former gubernatorial aspirant under PDP , Mr . Dayo Adeyeye.

Scores of eligible voters that trooped out to vote conducted themselves peacefully .
NAN reports that Adeyeye, who came out to vote at about 9: 30 am , commended the voters, security agents and INEC .

Adeyeye switched to the All Progressives
Congress after the PDP primary , accusing the incumbent PDP governor of hijacking the exercise .

( NAN )

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