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Ekiti: ‘I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again’ Says ADC Governor Candidate

Ekiti: 'I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again' Says ADC Governor Candidate

Ekiti: ‘I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again’ Says ADC Governor Candidate

Ekiti: ‘I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again’ Says ADC Governor Candidate

 Wole Oluyede, the African Democratic Congress candidate for governor of Ekiti State, expressed sorrow for entering politics on Wednesday.

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“I am not going to run again because I think any contest now is for the biggest bidder. I won’t waste my time and energy,” said Oluyede, a medical doctor living in Australia. Who claimed he had lost faith in the political process in Ekiti State.

The ADC candidate, who finished fourth, said that he refused to buy votes on election day, saying,

“I have lost hope in the entire process in the state, it is a catastrophe. I didn’t purposefully pay for the votes of Ekiti citizens.

He said,

“I can’t use my hard-earned resources to run around talking to people on why I should be elected and I will still need to buy people, security agencies, and the Independent National Electoral Commission. It appears politics here does not mean the best will emerge,”

Oluyede said he would not challenge in court the outcome of the election which he said was highly monetized, saying such would amount to time-wasting as he alleged that the entire election process including the electoral umpire and security agencies were hijacked by vote-buyers thus making it easy to induce voters without any hindrance.

Ekiti: ‘I Regret Joining Politics, Won’t Contest Again’ Says ADC gov candidate

He said,

“Ekiti people have chosen the leader they want by collecting money to vote and they should not complain of lacking basic and social amenities in the future. The problem Ekiti has now is that the people are poor and that was why they could buy their conscience. That was what All Progressives Congress used in gaining the heart of many people.

“More worrisome is the fact that the people do not want a solution to the problem of poverty. That was why even when we came with an agenda to address the poverty confronting them, they still expected us to buy their votes before we could help them. The winner is not the best, but he is the one the people deserved.

“It was consensual. Nobody can say that the inducement was forced on them. Personally, I have learned a new lesson about Ekiti. If I had known, I would not have become a politician, much more contest for election.”

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APC governorship candidate and governor-elect, Biodun Oyebanji, had exonerated himself and APC from vote-buying, saying victory in the election was based on people’s trust for the party following his manifesto and Governor Kayode Fayemi’s impressive performance in office.


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