Many citizens obtained money and different items from politicians yesterday to vote for specific candidates in today’s election.
Some beneficiaries of the largesse, who spoke to our correspondents on situation of anonymity, stated they bought the sum of N4,000 every.
Our correspondents, who had been on the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) office where newsmen had been being accredited, observed that individuals had been streaming out and in of the Old Governor’s Office in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Those seen going out and in of the premises had been principally youths in addition to middle-aged women and men.
Whereas some bumped into the premises apparently to get there earlier than the sharing ended, others walked briskly in the direction of an inner building.
A girl was overheard raining curses on some individuals she claimed collected cash twice.
She puzzled why some would gather twice whereas others were yet to gather once.
“A vehicle will kill all of those that collected twice!” she cursed in a feat of anger.
Reminded by one in all our correspondents that as a mom she ought to not curse individuals, she retorted: “The cheating is too much. Some people have not collected while some have collected twice. It is not fair.”
When our correspondent sought to know who was sharing the cash, she stated: “I am not a radio. Leave me alone. I am annoyed.”
She then walked away.
A number of individuals had been seen attempting to realize entry to the gated inner building within the premises.
Those who had been popping out of the constructing had been heard telling those outside that they should be sure of the wards they were registered to vote.
Somebody was overheard saying everlasting voter card (PVC) was required to obtain the money.
Among the voters had been seen grumbling that they may not find their names on the listing.
These whose names weren’t within the listing had been requested to go to totally different places the place the cash for his or her wards was being shared.
A younger man who was coming out of the premises was requested if he had collected his personal cash.
He was initially reluctant to reply. However when our correspondent spoke to him in Ekiti language, he opened up.
He stated his identify was not discovered within the ward listing, and that he was directed to a different ward.
Requested how a lot was being given out, he stated as he hurriedly left: “Some get N2,000, others get N4,000.”
A girl was seen telling her buddy that with out her voter’s card, she wouldn’t be given the cash.
A bunch of 4 girls had been seen speaking animatedly. Three of them had succeeded in gathering their money, however the fourth girl couldn’t gather hers as a result of she didn’t go there along with her PVC.
Consoling her, the opposite girls stated: “After all, you collected rice yesterday. At least you got something.”
Extra individuals quickly gathered on the entrance, banging on the gate. They accused those who had been giving out the cash contained in the constructing of planning to pocket no matter was left.
Some shouted: “Ole! Ole! (thief! thief!”)
A feminine safety guard opened the gate soon after and everybody trooped into the compound, pushing and shoving. The gate was shut again as more individuals gathered.
A middle-aged bearded man, apparently a celebration chief, warned those that had collected theirs and had been leaving to not enable any “APC member” close to the place.
Trying round as if to establish “APC members” exterior the premises, he shouted: “Don’t allow any APC member near here! If any APC member comes near here, I will break his head!”
Empty packs of F1100 Energy Torch Fero Cell phones littered the scene and across the Outdated Governor’s Workplace. It was not instantly clear if the telephones had been earlier shared to can be voters.
The Ekiti governorship election is seen a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dr Kayode Fayemi and his Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) counterpart Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka.
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