Widespread vote-buying have been reported across various polling unit in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election holding today.
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) dispersed a group of residents allegedly being bribed at Mobil filling station, opposite St. Michael’s School in Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti.
It was observed that a large crowd was dispersed by a team of Civil Defence operatives, led by acting Deputy Commandant, Haruna Muhammed.
A resident of the area, Musa Faruk, said that some suspected political agents had been distributing between N10,000 and N12,000 to the voters who agreed to vote for their preferred governorship candidate.
He explained that at polling units one and two of ward four at St. Michael Nursery and Primary School, the agents would have observed who voters had voted for before giving them the money.
Another voter, Veronica Famigun, who was in the midst of the crowd, said that vote buying had been ongoing for hours, expressing happiness over the way in which those engaging in the act were dispersed by NSCDC operatives.
She stressed the need for security agents to also beam their searchlight on other polling units across the state where such acts might also be perpetrated.
Speaking on the development, the acting Civil Defence Deputy Commandant frowned at the menace of vote buying by political agents, saying that his men had no choice than to disperse those engaging in the practice.
Nobody was arrested at the scene, as the suspected perpetrators immediately took to their heels. Also, more security personnel had been drafted to the location to prevent re-occurrence.
Meanwhile, earlier reports emerged that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nabbed an agent of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) inducing voters with money.
The suspect, identified as an APC agent, was caught with a bag of cash as he was “inducing voters” shortly after the governorship election came underway, and was immediately taken into custody at Ola Oluwa Grammar School on Ilawe Road, Ado Ekiti.