The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has condemned last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, describing it as a daylight robbery and slap on democracy.
The IPAC national chairman, Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, said this on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the council’s observation team witnessed a brazen act of vote-buying by agents of political parties while officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents looked the other way.
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“Sadly, the election was a daylight robbery characterised by brazen and outrageous vote-buying, sundry electoral malpractices and voter apathy thereby putting in question the legality of the process leading to the declaration of Biodun Oyebanji, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, as the winner.
“It is obvious that the voters who sold their ballots for a mess of electoral porridge have inadvertently mortgaged their future for the next four years by electing a leader who may not have necessarily been their choice if the election were to be devoid of obscene use of money to induce voters,” Sani said.
He urged INEC to meticulously evaluate its performance in the Ekiti election with a view to improving it in the forthcoming Osun State governorship election.
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