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SDP lost Ekiti poll because we didn’t buy votes - Party chieftain

SDP lost Ekiti poll because we didn’t buy votes - Party chieftain

- The Social Democratic Party has revealed why it lost at the Ekiti governorship election on Saturday, July 14

- The party's chieftain said the SDP did not buy votes from electorates like other parties

- Tunde Adeniran said the party also did not have such money to spend

A chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has revealed why its party failed to do well at the just concluded Ekiti governorship election.

The former minister of education, Tunde Adeniran, said the party lost the election because it did not buy votes from the electorates like other parties did on Saturday, July 14.

In an interview with Punch, Adeniran said that the SDP gubernatorial candidate, Akin Ayegbusi, would have won the election if the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party didn’t resort to buying votes.

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Adeniran said that would not happen because the party does not believe in vote buying and did not also have such money to spend.

“If there was no ‘see and buy’, SDP would have won the election, because people were anxious to have an alternative to the two parties (APC and PDP). Ekiti people preferred the SDP.

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“The people loved our manifesto and philosophy because they could connect with us, especially with the Abiola experience. We are the only party that is ideological in terms of philosophy, orientation and the policies we intend to pursue.

“We lost because we didn’t have the money to purchase votes like other parties, and the people have been pauperised, so they scavenge for what anyone brings. But we don’t believe in such. We believe in people voting according to their conscience," Adeniran added.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were in political talks with SDP and 34 other parties against the ruling All Progressives Congress Party.

The parties in a recent move former a 'formidable coalition' to wrestle power from the APC led by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The chairman of SDP, Olu Falae, said the parties have come to the realization that a mega party coalition was the most effective means of building a government of national unity as well as ensuring the defeat of the ruling party in next year elections.

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