Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has raised an alarm over the conduct of governorship election in the state.
The governor after voting at the polling unit 1 in St. David Primary School, Afao, told journalists that police officers shielded some persons allegedly distributing cash to electorates to induce votes, at some polling units.
“What they call see and buy money politics is thriving everywhere (in Ekiti) with the police and civil defence giving signs to people sharing the money so that they can pay the voters.
“This is a national disaster,” he said.
Governor Fayose’s deputy, Olusola Kolapo Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is one of the major contenders at the governorship election.
He also raised an alarm over alleged arrests of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains in the state, including the Chief of Staff to the state governor.
Fayose said he had earlier given an alert over electoral violence which he claimed is ongoing in the state.
“I raised this alarm (earlier) that this election will be marred by violence and this is exactly what is going on now.
“In almost all local governments, PDP chieftains are being arrested. Council chairmen, House of Representatives members, the majority of my people are been arrested. My Chief of staff is in detention, he was arrested about an hour ago. This is a national disaster.
Fayose also stressed that having the wrong people in authority is the worst thing that can happen to a nation.
Meanwhile, police have earlier arrested some persons in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital for allegedly distributing money for votes at Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti in front of Jonathan Memorial School.
The suspects were later taken away in a police vehicle.