There has been a large turnout of voters at Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state
capital as the Governorship election in the state takes place today.
Many including the elderly, nursing mothers, pregnant women and
youths this morning trooped out in their numbers to polling units.
Meanwhile, It has been revealed that political parties in Ekiti state are
doing all within their power to win the election as they have reportedly
given bribes to voters.
Many voters received cash and other gifts from politicians yesterday to
vote for particular candidates in today’s election.
Some beneficiaries of the largesse, who spoke to The Nations
Newspaper on condition of anonymity, said they got the sum of N4,000
The Nation Newspaper correspondents, who were at the Nigeria Union
of Journalists (NUJ) office where newsmen were being accredited,
noticed that people were streaming in and out of the Old Governor’s
Office in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Those seen going in and out of the premises were mostly youths as
well as middle-aged men and women.
While some ran into the premises apparently to get there before the
sharing ended, others walked briskly towards an inner building.
A woman was overheard raining curses on some people she claimed
collected money twice.
She wondered why some would collect twice while others were yet to
“A vehicle will kill all of those that collected twice!” she cursed in a
feat of anger.
Reminded by The Nation Correspondent that as a mother she ought not
to curse people, she retorted: “The cheating is too much. Some people
have not collected while some have collected twice. It is not fair.”
When our correspondent sought to know who was sharing the money,
she said: “I am not a radio. Leave me alone. I am annoyed.”
She then walked away.
Several people were seen trying to gain access to the gated inner
building within the premises.
Those that were coming out of the building were heard telling those
outside that they must be sure of the wards they were registered to
Someone was overheard saying that a permanent voter card (PVC) was
required to receive the cash.
Some of the voters were seen grumbling that they could not locate
their names on the list.
Those whose names were not in the list were asked to go to different
locations where the money for their wards was being shared.
A young man who was coming out of the premises was asked if he had
collected his own money.
He was initially reluctant to respond. But when our correspondent
spoke to him in Ekiti language, he opened up.
He said his name was not found in the ward list, and that he was
directed to another ward.
Asked how much was being given out, he said as he hurriedly left:
“Some get N2,000, others get N4,000. ”
A woman was seen telling her friend that without her voter’s card, she
would not be given the money.
A group of four women were seen talking animatedly. Three of them
had succeeded in collecting their cash, but the fourth woman could
not collect hers because she did not go there with her PVC.
Consoling her, the other women said: “After all, you collected rice
yesterday. At least you got something.”
More people soon gathered at the entrance, banging on the gate. They
accused those that were giving out the money inside the building of
planning to pocket whatever was left.
Some shouted: “Ole! Ole! (thief! thief!”)
A female security guard opened the gate soon after and everyone
trooped into the compound, pushing and shoving. The gate was shut
again as more people gathered.
A middle-aged bearded man, apparently a party leader, warned those
who had collected theirs and were leaving not to allow any “APC
member” near the place.
Looking around as if to identify “APC members” outside the premises,
he shouted: “Don’t allow any APC member near here! If any APC
member comes near here, I will break his head!”
Empty packs of F1100 Power Torch Fero Mobile phones littered the
scene and around the Old Governor’s Office. It was not immediately
clear if the phones were earlier shared to would be voters.
The Ekiti governorship election is seen a two-horse race between the
All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dr Kayode Fayemi and his
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart Prof. Kolapo Olusola-
Accreditation and voting have since commenced. May the best
candidate win. More photos…