Engr Udengs Eradiri, the Bayelsa Labour Party Governorship Candidate, expressed concern about widespread vote buying, emphasizing that it compromises the electoral process. Eradiri made these remarks after casting his vote with his wife at Agudama Ekpetiama Ward 10, Unit 5, Yenagoa Local Government Area.
He accused Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party of utilizing state resources for buying votes, pointing out the prevalence of such transactions and the collection of money in exchange for votes. Despite these challenges, Eradiri emphasized a commitment to non-violent expression.
His words: “The optics show that the process is going on smoothly aside from those things that are happening behind the scene where money is been exchanged for votes and people are writing down names to be collecting N12,000 and so on and it is happening everywhere and you know some of us have decided that we will not express ourselves violently.
“The state resources are everywhere been shared money that ordinary that should have been used for schools and the economy of this state is thrown around to buy votes. So far so good we have done the voting but beyond the scene the state resources have been used to buy votes.
“I am talking about the party of the day, the governor’s party the PDP, they are busy buying votes and snapping ballot papers and using it to go behind the scenes and get money. There is somebody holding some money in the other party, they have been reported to the police. Like I said a lot of compromise is going on in this election everywhere.
“There is always peace in my community during elections because of our peaceful disposition and that disposition is what I have displayed today, but the only thing I will not do is to buy votes.”
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