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Ekiti Governor-Elect, Oyebanji, Meets Buhari, Debunks Vote Buying Reports

The Governor-elect of Ekiti state, Biodun Oyebanji, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock.

Ekiti Governor-Elect, Oyebanji, Meets Buhari, Debunks Vote Buying Reports

OduNews reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Oyebanji, the APC candidate as the winner of the keenly contested election conducted on Saturday.

Oyebanji polled 187,057 votes – over 100,000 votes more than that of his closest rival, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who scored 82,211 votes in the election.

There have however been reports of vote-buying by the ruling party during the polls.

Debunking the claim after meeting President Buhari, Oyebanji said told the state house correspondents that neither he nor the ruling party was involved in vote-buying as alleged, saying they canvassed for votes from the electorate which led to their victory at the poll.

He insisted that he did not witness any vote-buying in the polling unit where he voted, adding that he won the poll based on his previous performance as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in the state.

The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who accompanied the governor-elect alongside some governors to meet with the President, also reacted to the allegation against the ruling party.

He affirmed that the allegation of vote-buying was being sponsored by aggrieved persons who lost at the poll.

Apart from Adamu, Oyebanji was also accompanied by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Bagudu of Kebbi State, and Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State.

The to the President, Professor Gambari; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; and Senior Special Assistant to the President (Domestic), Sarki Abba, also attended the meeting with the President.

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