- says there was high rate of violence despite presence of security
Peoples Democratic Party Governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, on Saturday berated the All Progressives Congress and other political parties for inducing voters with money at polling units in the state.
Fayose also lamented that despite the heavy presence of security in various parts of the state, the rate of violence was very high.
He said this while addressing journalists shortly after casting his vote in Afao area of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area.
“The issue of money sharing is unfortunate. It is disturbing when highly placed people in government are assigned to polling units to be sharing money. It is unfortunate. Whatever way it (election) goes, I will leave it to God,” he said.
He added, “The violence is unprecedented. I called the Inspector General of Police to inform him of the violence. And I called the State Security Service Director in the state and I told him this violence is unprecedented. It is unfortunate but I hope we do not carry this into the 2015 election.”
When asked if the violence would not mar his chances, he said, “I have to collate and get information before I can make a statement on whether the violence will affect my chances but I know I have done well, I have campaigned well and I am loved by my people.”
Meanwhile, many people were arrested in various areas of the state for allegedly wooing voters with money.
Our correspondent, who was at a polling unit on Dallimore Street, Ado Ekiti, observed as soldiers arrested a youth for giving money to voters.
Meanwhile, soldiers and policemen arrested no fewer than seven journalists in various parts of the state.
Our correspondent witnessed the arrest of an unidentified photojournalist in blue native by a team of soldiers for taking their picture in front of Fayose’s house in Afao.
The journalist was put into a patrol vehicle and driven to an unknown destination, while five other journalists identified as, Toyin Yusuf, Oyetunji Ojo, Akin Ogunsola and Aremu Awolola and Jadesola Ajibola of Inspiration FM as well as other technical staff of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation were arrested by the police.
It was learnt that the reporters were arrested by a team of over 50 policemen at Ifaki Ekiti in Ido-Osi Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the journalists were dumped at the Kwara boundary.
One of the reporters, Ajibola, said the Police Mobile Force Commander, identified only as Patrick, handed them over to a senior police officer identified as G.B Seleke, and told them not to return to the state.
“The commander told us that we had no business being in Ekiti State despite our protests that we were accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission. We showed them our tags but the policemen were adamant,” she said.