The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied inducing voters at the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.
The party said that“No circumstance will push it to descend to buy votes in any election, no matter the machination of the All Progressives Congress (APC)”.
In a statement by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP insisted that “It never bought any vote at the July 14, governorship election in Ekiti state like the APC did and the leadership of the party will never allow such practice under any guise.
“Consequently, members of the APC who are going about media houses and claiming that their party bought votes in response to some parties that engaged in such practice are certainly not responding to the PDP.
“The PDP spent its resources and energy on a democratic campaign that preceded the Ekiti election and never set up kiosks for the “see and buy” of votes as the APC unabashedly did”.
After the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, emerged as the winner of the governorship election, both parties have been trading blames over alleged buying votes.
According to the PDP, it rejected the results of the election because it was allegedly marred by fraudulent practices.
“The governors of other states, particularly the neighbouring states came to Ado-Ekiti and came to Ekiti State generally and got agents to be doing buying and selling of votes,” he alleged. “That is totally condemnable.”
But the APC has dismissed the allegation of votes buying stressing that its party did not engage in “blatant vote buying like setting up Kiosk.”
Rather accused the opposition PDP of enticing Ekiti electorates with cash to vote even two days before the election.
The PDP has, therefore, vowed that it will never allow the APC to get away with its “crass abuse of democratic norms through which it suppressed the will of the Ekiti people and appropriated victory to itself in the governorship election”.
It has also restated its position that the Ekiti election marks the last time anybody or party will use any means whatsoever to manipulate it out at the polls, particularly in the forthcoming Osun governorship election and the 2019 general elections.