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Politics of Saturday, 6 November 2021

Source: saharareporters.com

#AnambraDecides: Voters receive N2,500 from party agents to cast votes

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Some voters at the ongoing Anambra elections have sold their electoral rights for as low as N2,500.

One of the voters at a Polling Unit at Awka South local government area was paid N2,500 after casting her vote.

It is, however, unclear which political party paid her such an amount.

An update by Cable reads: "Location: PU 010, Ward 02, Nkwo Amaenyei market square, Awka South LG. The lady in green voted and entered a gated compound where she was given N2,500."

The rundown to the Anambra State election had been filled with allegations of fraud and violence by the major political parties towards one another.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the state Governor, Willie Obiano, raised the alarm over alleged plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to declare written results of today’s governorship election in 10 local government areas.

The governor had spoken on Friday evening through his Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba.

But the APC dismissed his claim as the alarm of a sinking boat.

Obiano had said, “The Anambra State Government has credible intelligence showing that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has already written results of 10 Local Government Areas as regards the gubernatorial election which will take place tomorrow, November 6, 2021.

“The results are those of Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Aguata, Orumba South, Orumba North, Idemili North, Idemili South, Ogbaru, Anambra East and Anambra West. These are LGAs with high numbers of registered voters.

“APC operatives are relying on compromised Independent National Electronic Commission (INEC) officials, who smuggled out the result sheets of a number of polling units two nights ago and the result sheets of some LGAs last night, to accept and announce the results, regardless of authentic results submitted by INEC officials electronically.

“They plan to capitalise on the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has yet to assent to the new Electoral Bill which makes electronic voting mandatory to perpetrate the fraud.

“A former Senate President from the Southeast, a former State Deputy Governor who later became a Senator from the Southwest and a sitting State Governor from the Southeast are deeply involved in the fraud to toy with the destiny of the Anambra people.

“This public announcement is to alert the Anambra people, the INEC national leadership, the security agencies, the mass media, election observers, civil society organizations and the international community of this grand plot. The barefaced brigandage just cannot stand.”