The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, believes the Governor-Elect of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, does not have the financial capability for vote-buying.
Mr Oshiomhole made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019, almost two months after the former minister won the July 14 governorship election in the state.
“No one can claim that Fayemi is a rich man, I know he was struggling to find money to mobilise and to sustain his campaign,” he told Ladi Akeredolu-Ale on the special political programme which aired on Monday.
The APC chairman said he was well aware of the financial position of the governor-elect in the run-up to the election.
He explained that he was not in Ekiti and cannot claim to be a witness to vote-buying and did not participate in any decision to vote money to buy votes in the state.
Instead, Oshiomhole claimed it was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent governor that had access to such resources.
“I do not think that APC had the kind of resources under Fayemi to resort to vote-buying,” he insisted. “I guess it is the guy who had access to Ekiti treasury, which in this case was the PDP and then the sitting governor, who was so confident that he has all the resources.”
“He even described himself as a rock – you fall on him you will break, if he falls on you he will crush you. Now, the definition and the particulars of this rock may be in terms of the amount of naira that he thought was available,” the APC chairman alleged.
Mr Oshiomhole stressed that although he would not dismiss the allegation, he was never a party to vote-buying and could not have possibly supported it.