Biodun Oyebanji, the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, has said he did not induce any electorate with money while voting was ongoing on Saturday.
Oyebanji issued the clarification after he was captured giving money to an elderly woman on Saturday.
The governorship candidate’s clarification was conveyed by his media aide Raheem Akingbolu.
Akingbolu said, “The attention of the Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji Campaign Organisation has been drawn to a misleading news report being circulated in social media that Oyebanji, the APC candidate wooed voters with money in Ikogosi Ekiti.
“Contrary to the malicious report, neither Oyebanji nor any of his supporters gave money to anybody at any Polling Unit in Ikogosi. Aside from being Oyebanji’s town, the candidate enjoys overwhelming support in the community with the optimism of recording a 100% result.
“The true picture of what happened in Ikogosi was that after casting his vote, the candidate was walking home and responding to greetings from his kinsmen, then an elderly woman accosted him and started dancing and praying for him. In appreciation of the old woman’s gesture, Oyebanji gave her money and continued walking without any verbal exchange.
“Any attempt by the writer of the online report to equate the gesture with financial inducement is not only malicious and ridiculous, it is unfair
“Oyebanji subscribes to the highest level of civility and patriotism. He has run an issue-based campaign ahead of Saturday’s election, with an emphasis on decency, capacity, integrity, and delivery.”