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Ekiti Poll: Falana charges police to arrest vote buyers, thugs

Human Rights and Ilawe-Ekiti born lawyer, Femi Falana SAN on Thursday charge Ekiti State Commissioner of Police to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be involved thuggery and vote buying in the forth coming Ekiti State governorship election.

The election is scheduled to come up on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Falana said: “Last year, the Ekiti East 1 State Constituency by-election to fill a vacancy in the Ekiti State House of Assembly conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission on March 20, 2023 was violently disrupted by armed thugs. During the mayhem unleashed on law abiding voters, three people were brutally killed while four police officers were severely injured. The Independent National Electoral Commission was compelled to suspend the by-election indefinitely over cases of violence. Up till now, the by-election has not been held for fear of another disruption by the influential thugs;

Femi Falana SAN

Even though the suspects were arrested and charged before the Ekiti State High Court the case has not been diligently prosecuted. In the recent past, the Ekiti State Government compromised the cases of notorious electoral offenders. Hence, thugs have taken advantage of such official impunity to attack political opponents and scare voters who are desirous to exercise their franchise in the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022;

In view of the fact that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba has read the Riot Act to the leaders of all political parties in the State we call on the Commissioner of Police and Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State to ensure that the election is not disrupted by any group or individual. We also call on the Independent National Electoral Commission and the anti graft agencies to stop the disgraceful conduct of vote buying by arresting purchasers and their agents with a view to prosecuting them;

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission has repeatedly assured the Nigerian people that their votes will count the members of the ruling class must not be allowed to turn democracy into plutocracy in the country”.

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