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The winner at the just concluded Ekiti polls has come out to deny claims that the APC engaged in massive vote buying. Mr Biodun Oyebanji, the governor elect, gave this response when he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja.
You will recall that there were videos showing massive vote buying during the election held on Saturday. Officers of the EFCC also arrested APC agents with envelopes full of money suspected to be for vote buying.
While speaking to President Buhari, he said he did not witness any voter buying. He said “Well, where I voted, I did not witness anything like that. But people are entitled to their opinion but not to their facts.”
According to him, APC performed so well in the state, providing him with the materials with which he campaigned. that he campaigned based on this performance. ” I had a manifesto that I unveiled to Ekiti people and I canvassed based on that manifesto.
“I’m a part of a government that has done so well. Last time I was here, I said that if performance will be an indicator for electoral success, that we have nothing to fear. So, as far as we are concerned in APC we did not involve in vote buying, but we have done so well and we have a manifesto that pleases our people.”
While congratulating him on his election, President Buhari stated that he was impressed with the conduct of the elections. He noted that he followed the progress of the election closely and was happy with how both the security operatives and the electorate went about the business of the day.
In a separate statement released by Femi Adesina, the President was quoted as saying “I loved how the APC Governors mobilized, and supported you,” the President told Oyebanji. “I think the party is very lucky, and things are getting better. I congratulate the Chairman, and I pray you sustain it.”
While responding to Mr President, the Party’s Chairman, Adamu said that the result of the election was “a clear, positive signal to the election in Osun, and the National one next year.” According to him, “APC is still the party of choice.”