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General News of Monday, 30 May 2022


How Kaduna delegates were allegedly 'bribed' $7,000 each for votes

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Former Nigerian Senator, Shehu Sani has alleged that delegates who voted in the just-ended governorship primaries in Kaduna State were "bribed" with huge amounts of money before the elections.

Sani lost the governorship slot to represent the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the former member of the House of Representatives and the Kaduna governorship candidate of the party in 2019, Rt.Hon.Isa Ashiru Kudan.

Speaking on Channels TV, Sunrise Daily on Monday, May 30, the governorship aspirant alleged that delegates were offered three million naira and $5,000 to vote for candidates.

His allegations come off the back of calls by Nigerians and several civil society organizations for state institutions especially the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to tackle growing menace of cash influence in the country's electioneering process.

"In my own state for a single federal constituency, every delegate was given three million naira each and that is for a whole ward, you spend nine million," adding that another candidate offered $5,000 but the delegates told them that we have been offered three million already."

When asked by host Chamberlain Usoh if he could confirm the allegations on good authority, Sani responded, "It is not only on good authority, it is on the best authority."

The human rights activists also accused the EFCC of dropping the ball on their duty to monitor election spending as he describe their presence at the polls as "comical and symbolic".

"Their presence (EFCC) is just symbolic and comical because if we are going to get down to the issue of this delegates system, there has to be a separate commission that should be established to monitor political spending and one of the things that need to be done is that whoever is going to be a delegate or a party executive must go to declare his assets and provide his bank details to such authority," he said.

He continued: "What does he have before becoming a government official, what has he gotten after he has left. Just the way public servants and elected officials do. There must be a system that you monitor funds."

Ashiru was declared the winner of the PDP gubernatorial primaries held on the night of Wednesday, May 25 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna by the returning officer, Chief Raymond Dabo, a former PDP chairman in Plateau State, who announced that he polled 414 votes.

The other contenders were Sani Sidi, a former boss at NEMS who polled 260 votes; Ramalan Yero former Kaduna Governor, scored 28 votes, Barrister Sani Abbas got 15 votes, Haruna Sa’id Kajuru, 11 votes and Senator Shehu Sani polled 2 votes

An elated Ashiru thanked the 788 delegates that participated in the primaries and assured them that PDP members should have absolute confidence in him.

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