The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae, on Saturday condemned reports that some politicians shared money at polling units in Akure, the Ondo State capital, during the governorship election.
Falae, who spoke in Akure, said the attitude of the vote-buying politicians was unacceptable and capable of discrediting the governorship election.
He also blamed the police operatives for looking the other way when politicians were inducing voters with money.
The elder statesman added that he was unhappy with a report that each voter was given N3,000 in some polling units.
He said reports of electoral malpractices in the state would make the final results of the poll questionable.
Falae added, “I have heard that someone was caught with a bag of thumb-printed ballot papers somewhere in Akoko. I have also heard of people bribing voters in Akure here. I have heard they are offering voters N3, 000 per vote. It is very worrying. These are ways of compromising the will of the people.
“It is for the government of the day to make a decision to stop this trend. There were many police officers in those polling units, what were they doing? They could arrest them but they didn’t do that. Without the connivance of the electoral officers and the security agents, that (inducement of voters) can’t succeed.
“This inducement of voters in the queue is undemocratic. That is not politics but ‘monetics.’ Democracy should reflect the will of the people. The election result will be questionable with all these.”
Falae also disassociated himself and his party from the electoral malpractices during the poll.
He condemned the killing of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress on Friday in Owo, stressing that election was not worth the life of anybody.
He added, “There are four major candidates in this election. They are candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, the All Progressives Congress, the Alliance for Democracy and the SDP. Has the SDP candidate, Olu Agunloye, been accused of rigging? It is impossible. When I was running for president, I told them not to rig for me. I also asked them not to allow others to rig me out. So, all those other candidates belonged to the same party. The PDP and the APC are one. The PDP governors yesterday are the APC chieftains today.
“We have to make up our minds on running a real democracy. We can’t go ahead with a malfunctioned and flawed democracy.
The implication of this is that over time, serious-minded politicians would leave politics while those who believe in fraud would continue. You can’t be buying votes to become an elected official. You can’t run against the law of the universe.”
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