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Kwara bye-election: ‘APC sending wrong signals ahead 2019 elections’ – Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has alleged that “open intimidation and harassment of voters” in the Kwara house of representatives bye-election is sending a wrong signal ahead of the 2019 polls.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Raheem Ajuloopin, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the bye-election in Ekiti/Oke-Ero/ Irepodun/Isin federal constituency.

Ajuloopin garnered 21,236 votes to defeat Saheed Alatise of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second with 18,095 votes.

The election was conducted following the death of Funke Adedoyin, member representing the constituency.

In a series of posts on his Twitter page on Saturday, Saraki accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of bringing security operatives and thugs into the state to intimidate voters, which resulted into a low turnout.

The senate president said the election was held under “tensed and militarized conditions”, while security operatives openly supported the APC and harassed PDP leaders and their supporters.

The senate president added that even officials of INEC complained about their own safety.

Saraki insisted such “open display of intimidation and misuse of security operatives” will undermine democracy if not checked.

The last Saturday’s bye-election is the first since Saraki defected from the ruling APC to the PDP.

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