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Fayose reacts to arrest of Lagos-based printer Eniola Fayose who allegedly printed INEC materials for Ekiti polls

Fayose reacts to arrest of Lagos-based printer Eniola Fayose who allegedly printed INEC materials for Ekiti polls

Fayose responds to arrest of Lagos-based printer Eniola Fayose who allegedly produced ballot paper for Ekiti polls

In response to the arrest of a Lagos-based printer who reportedly printed ballot papers ahead of the Ekiti governorship polls, Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that the printer was only given the contract to print specimen materials by the state government for the purpose of sensitising voters.

Governor Ayodele Fayose has responded to the arrest of a Lagos-based printer accused by the Lagos state police of printing ballot papers for Ekiti Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship polls.

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The incident which took place on Monday, July 8, was reported by the Lagos state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, Premium Times reports.

In his report, Edgal had said: “On July 8, an intelligence report from a credible source was received by the command; that ballot papers meant for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ekiti were being printed in a company O’Naphtali Limited located at 13B Oguntona crescent , Gbagada , Lagos.”

Fayose reacts to arrest of Lagos-based printer Eniola Fayose who allegedly printed INEC materials for Ekiti polls


“The company is owned by one Eniola Fayose. The report further revealed that some of the printed ballot papers were moved to Ekiti in three Hilux vans, on Friday July 6, while the art works are still in their graphic computers.”

However, Fayose, gave an explanation in reaction to the allegation and arrest. He said the printer, who bears the same surname with him and is also a native of Ikere in Ekiti, is not related to him.

The governor said that Eniola was given the contract by the Ekiti state government to print specimen ballot papers which would be used for the sensitisation of voters.

He also challenged the security personnel who stormed the printing press to publish the materials they claimed they had recovered from Eniola’s office in Lagos.

Fayose responds to arrest of Lagos-based printer who allegedly produced ballot paper for Ekiti polls
Specimen of the Ballot paper (Photo Credit: Premium Times)

Fayose said: “Eniola printed specimen of election materials for voter education for our people who are illiterates. The specimen has nothing to show it is authentic INEC material. APC and INEC printed specimens and distributed them publicly.”

“We challenge them to show the so-called election materials that they are talking about. They should publish what they have. INEC printed their own specimen and we also printed our own specimen for voter education for our people.

“The specimen is not usable anywhere and not showing any thing that appears to be authentic materials. APC did their own specimen for their people and we did that too. This is an attempt to intimidate us. The mere fact that he is Fayose does not mean that Eniola is my relation.”

Corroborating Fayose's explanation, Eniola, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, July 9, said what he printed was specimen to educate voters.

Displaying samples of the specimen he printed for the PDP, Eniola said: “I am a registered printer with over 20 years experience. These are the samples of specimen I was asked to print for voter education. It has no logo or security features on them as they are for mere education of the voters,”

“They are just specimen to let the people know how the ballot paper looks like and how to thumb print and how to fold the papers.

“Everything the police claimed to have seen in my workshop when they searched the place are valid documents. Every political party has such specimen to educate their people. When copies given by the INEC are not sufficient, parties can print the specimen.

“The specimen I printed is in a paper of 60 gramme bond which is incapable of registering the needed security point for a genuine ballot paper. It has no logo, no number, no security feature. Specimen is clearly written on it.

“At the initial stage, I found the allegation comical and hilarious but I just noticed that it is a mischief executed by certain people trying to take undue advantage.

“The Lagos Police Commissioner in his statement never said he saw ballot papers in my workshop and did not say I was arrested. He did not see anything incriminating, he is quite a gentleman and professional in doing his job. The CP said that everything he saw were documents.

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Earlier, Ujuayalogu'sBlog had reported that the police command in Lagos state on Monday, July 9, discovered and uncovered a printing press where election materials meant for the election holding in Ekiti State were allegedly produced..

Ujuayalogu'sBlog gathered that Imohimi Edgal, the Lagos commissioner of police, led a search team to the printing press located at 13A and 13B, Oguntona street, Gbagada area of the state.

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