A desperate politician who was seeking the House of Representatives ticket of one of the two leading political parties in Ekiti State has been taught a bitter lesson by an Islamic cleric and his conniving friend, who is a herbalist.

After losing more than N24million to the two conmen in his desperation to emerge candidate of his party, the politician who is also a prince, told friends and relatives that he has learnt to always trust in God and not man going forward.

Sentry learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the ‘alfa’ and his friend, for allegedly defrauding our man.

Sources in Ekiti say the conmen told the aspirant that upon payment of an agreed amount, he should go home and await the ticket of the party, which was to be given to him on a platter of gold. Sacrifices and special prayers were carried out to ensure the success of his political bid.

But the prince lost the ticket to another aspirant. That was when he realised he had been conned. He ran to the EFCC with a petition and the two men were arrested in July in Ado-Ekiti.

While admitting that he collected the money from our ‘Honourable’, the suspect said it was used to buy black, brown and white cows, rams, lavender perfume, rings, among other items, to carry out sacrifices at different times. He also claimed to have consulted another herbalist before he was arrested.

Explaining why their client didn’t get the ticket, the alfa said: “Our own is to pray and do the necessary sacrifices, which we did, and to leave the rest to God. However, along the line, the zoning for the Reps seat was changed. We don’t have power over zoning.”

While the conmen are still with the detectives, ‘Honourable’ is back home licking his wound.