A printer, Eniola Fayose, accused by the police of printing Independent National Electoral Commission ballot papers for the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the Ekiti State governorship election of July 14, has denied the claim.
Fayose denied the allegation when he spoke with newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, according to a statement by Idowu Adelusi, the spokesman of Governor Ayo Fayose.
He said what he was specimen to educate voters.
He 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.”
Threatening to sue anyone no matter how highly placed who maligns his name, Fayose added: “I know the law works and I am ready to sue anybody on this matter.
“I have not done anything illegal.
“I don’t know anything about arms and ammunition.
“I am a law abiding citizen and not a relation of the governor.
“I am from Ikere-Ekiti.
“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 (Edgal Imohimi) 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.
“I build my businesses on hard work and integrity, with enviable track record with local and international awards.
“I am working for seven countries in sub-Sahara Africa.
“For our detractors, thanks for the free advertisement.
“We remain unshakable.”