The Ekiti State Governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji, has on Monday denied the allegations of vote-buying at the last Saturday governorship election in Ekiti.
Mr Oyebanji said this, on Monday, to State House correspondents when he visited the Nigerian President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The former Secretary to the Ekiti State Government said neither he nor his party, the All Progressives Congress(APC), was involved in the vote-buying that allegedly took place during the election.
Speaking shortly after being presented to Buhari, Oyebanji said he did not witness any vote-buying in the polling unit where he voted.
While explaining that he won the election based on the performance of the Fayemi-led administration, Oyebanji said he canvassed for votes based on the administration’s record.
Also confirming the ruling party’s credible performance in the governorship election, the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, dismissed the vote-buying allegations, calling it a last-minute instrument by the opposition parties who did not garner enough votes to win the election.
In the election, Mr Oyebamiji garnered 187,057 votes to defeat his two closest challengers, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 82,211 and 67,457 respectively.
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