Ondo Voters Offered Their Votes Between N1,000 to N7,000
Ondo election voters (File picture)
It has been revealed that voters on the not too long ago concluded governorship election in Ondo state offered their votes between N1,000 to N7,000.
The surprising revelation was made by civil rights organisation, YIAGA Africa. The group condemned the excessive incidence of vote-trading recorded within the October 10 Ondo State governorship election.
The organisation mentioned it was disturbing that the legal act of vote-buying occurred underneath the nostril of safety brokers.
The Government Director of YIAGA Africa, Samson Itodo, made this identified whereas talking on a tv programme in Abuja on Monday morning.
Itodo, who said that YIAGA Africa deployed 646 observers for the election, mentioned, “The vote-buying that we noticed on this election is kind of disturbing. Nigeria wants a nationwide marketing campaign and a nationwide dialogue round vote-buying.”
He mentioned a scenario “the place elections are decided by the best bidder or the best spender makes a mockery of our democracy, it diminishes human dignity however most significantly, it additionally questions the legitimacy of election outcomes.
“For Saturday election, votes have been traded between N1,000 and N7,000 within the state.”
Persevering with, Itodo mentioned, “What’s disturbing is the extent of impunity of political actors who have interaction on this unlawful and corrupt act. You go to polling stations and polling stations have change into market locations, the place within the full glare of safety brokers who’re deployed to the polling stations, folks have been simply shopping for votes and no one reprimanded or arrested them.
“What that tells you is that it seems we have now accepted this as a norm and as a part of our electoral course of and it is vitally unhappy.
“The menace of vote-buying is a governance drawback, it’s an indictment on the political class that they did not raise folks out of poverty, to offer the dividends of democracy and they also use that towards the folks.”
The YIAGA Africa boss, nevertheless, recommended the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee for the profitable conduct of the election.
He famous that widespread violence was not recorded on the election day which confirmed that the peace accord signed by the political events was efficient.
“What we noticed in Ondo State (election) is an enchancment from the Edo election the place INEC improved on logistics’ deployment for the election.
“We additionally noticed a scenario the place, in a really aggressive election of this nature, the pre-election setting that was fraught with all types of violence wasn’t the case on the day of election.
“What that implies is that each one the entreaties and the makes an attempt to neutralise the threats of violence have been efficient together with the peace accord that was signed by the events and so, we didn’t document widespread violence though there have been some makes an attempt to disrupt the elections, it was nipped within the bud.
“The very fact is that the Ondo folks have determined who their governor could be. The votes declared by INEC is a mirrored image of the ballots forged, so, that election or the outcomes needs to be trusted by the candidates.”
Recall that INEC declared Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress winner of the keenly contested ballot having defeated his estranged deputy and Zenith Labour Social gathering’s candidate, Agboola Ajayi; in addition to Peoples Democratic Social gathering’s Eyitayo Jegede.