The campaign organization of the Ekiti State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola Eleka, has called for greater vigilance among voters in the State against agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It claimed they were going round the state buying Voters’ Cards.
The campaign organization said it was alarmed at the report of the arrest of one Miss Ogunyemi Temitope, who led a group of people to Aiyede Ekiti to collect more than 30 voters cards and account numbers from unsuspecting electorates, questioning why the APC was desperate to prevent people from voting on the election day.
Director of Media and Publicity of Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement on Thursday, that the said Ogunyemi Temitope was apprehended by vigilant people of Aiyede-Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area at about 12 noon today, Thursday, while collecting voters cards and making copies of same and at the same time collecting account numbers.
Olayinka said; “Today, eagle-eyed people of Aiyede-Ekiti apprehended one Ogunyemi Temitope and her accomplices, who were buying voters card. They were taken to the palace of the Attah of Aiyede Ekiti, Oba Oba Abdumumini Orisagbemi, from where they were moved to the Aiyede Ekiti police station.
“The lady, who claimed to be an election observer, was said to have collected voters cards and account numbers of more than 30 people, promising that N28, 000 will be paid into their bank accounts. She said that buying of voters cards under the guise of election observers was being done across the State that those whose voters cards were collected in exchange for N28, 000 will not be able to vote.
“Some of the cards already collected belonged to Adebiyi Adekunle, with his UBA Account number 2077932145, Omotoso Abiodun, Ajayi Taiwo Amos, Bamidele Funmilayo, Fayose Mary, Ojo Emmanuel Kehinde, Irewole Yinka Motun, Olowokere Titilayo, Ojo Bamidele Oluwaseun and others.
“It later took the intervention of the Attah of Aiyede Ekiti and the Olumojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba, who visited the police station for Ogunyemi Temitope and her collaborators to be released with a strong warning never to come to Aiyede Ekiti and its environs again.
“It should be noted that we have earlier raised the alarm over a Form being distributed by the APC under the guise of Ekiti Development Front, purportedly for empowerment. It is one of the sinister plots by
the APC to deactivate voters card, thereby preventing thousands of electorate from voting on July 14, 2018.
“The evil plot is aimed at first collecting Voters Cards numbers and later asking for submission of original Voters Cards for Biometric Exercise so as to be qualified for the fake empowerment scheme.
“Ekiti people are therefore urged not to surrender their voter’s cards to anyone under any guise.”