ALL Progressives Congress (APC) officials in Osun State have asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate Senator Ademola Adeleke over attempts to voters with money.
On July 16, Osun State will go to the polls to elect a new governor in what is looking like a two horse race between incumbent APC governor Gboyega Oyetola and Senator Adeleke of the PDP. With polling day fast approaching, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the director-general of the Oyetola Campaign Committee has called for an investigation into claims Senator Adeleke, openly declared he would induce voters.
Senator Basiru said the EFCC should invite Senator Adeleke as he clearly stated that he had an intention to commit the offence of inducement of voters, which is illegal under Nigerian electoral law. He also accused the PDP of masterminding the destruction of campaign billboards belonging to Governor Oyetola across the state, adding that the opposition party had also engaged hoodlums, who had been fomenting crises.
“I expected the EFCC to have invited Senator Ademola Adeleke to give an account of what he meant by coming to the state with hard currencies for the Osun State governorship election. Certainly, inducement of voters is a great offence, so, for Senator Adeleke to manifestly declare an intention to induce voters, warrants criminal investigation by the EFCC.
“The EFCC should summon him for investigation and questioning by what he meant that he has brought pounds, dollars, euros and other hard currencies to buy votes. That, clearly, is an intention to commit the offence of inducement of voters which is clearly an electoral offence under the Nigerian law,” Senator Basiru added.