The governorship candidate of the Accord Party in the July 16 Osun governorship poll, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi has called on the international communities to sanction the All Progressives Congress and its presidential flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over the reported vote-buying witnessed during the last Ekiti state governorship election.
A statement issued by Ogunbiyi Media Office obtained in Osogbo on Wednesday, said the Accord Party candidate disclosed this when International Observers Pre-Election Team visited him at his party secretariat in Osogbo, Osun State.
According to him, going by the preparation of the Independent National Electoral Commission, he was sure the commission would conduct a free and fair election in the state.
The Accord candidate further said, “Three days to the Ekiti election, Tinubu was clearly heard telling the indigenes ‘No vote… no money’ and this was proved during the polls when the APC embarked on massive vote-buying.
“The British Government and the international communities cannot pretend they didn’t know what happened in Ekiti State where money was massively released for vote-buying.
“You heard what Tinubu who was aiming at becoming the president of this country was saying. He and others and their families need to be sanctioned. And if he did that in Ekiti and go free, Osun is his state, he will do the worse here.
“I don’t have money to buy votes and I am not a violent person. I joined the governorship race to liberate my people from the economic shackle and poor status quo of the state.
“Do not just observe election, nip election abnormalities and irregularities. Ensure you sanction and prosecute vote buyers. As it was visible to the blind at the previous election of Ekiti state.”
He, however, expressed confidence that Accord Party would have a victorious outing going by his campaign, but lamented about violence allegedly unleashed by both the APC and the PDP on his party where thugs of the two parties were going around destroying his billboards.