Shehu Sani Alleges How Much Was Given To Kaduna Residents For Vote Buying
Former lawmaker of the 8th National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has alleged how much politicians were giving to electorates for vote-buying today during the governorship and house of assembly elections.
Naija News understands that there were a series of irregularities today during the governorship and house of assembly elections across 28 states where an election was conducted today. These include vote-buying, ballot box snatching and intimidation of voters at polling units.
Taking to his Twitter page in the evening hour of Saturday, Senator Sani alleged that the old Naira notes recently made a legal tender by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following an order by the Supreme Court were used to buy people’s conscience at the polls today.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain also alleged that residents of Kaduna, mostly poor women, were offered N1,000 to N2,000 naira for their votes today.
“The Old Naira notes that was made a legal tender by the Supreme Court became the tool for vote buying in Kaduna State. People, mostly poor women within the metropolis and beyond, were paid from 1k to 2k for their votes,” Sani wrote on his Twitter page.
Voters Swear Before Collecting Spaghetti, Cloths In Niger
Meanwhile, some voters in Niger State reportedly showed their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to politicians and swore to vote for certain candidates in the ongoing governorship and state assembly elections.
After swearing to vote for the candidates, Naija News gathered that the voters were given buckets, spaghetti, clothes, and seasoning cubes.
Daily Trust said politicians had wooed voters in their homes, distributing clothes and food items, especially in Minna, the Niger State capital, and other towns.
Some voters claimed they were asked to show their PVCs and swear, after which each voter was given two yards of cloth and spaghetti.
In the Tunga area of Minna, one of the beneficiaries, Jamila Mohammed, told Daily Trust that she only got spaghetti.
“The cloth was just one yard per person. What would one do with one yard of cloth? It won’t be enough for even a little child. I collected spaghetti, but we had to even fight to get because people were too many. If you see how women were fighting for spaghetti, it was surprising,” she said.
Another voter in Dutsen Kura Hausa, Baba Usman, stated that some politicians shared rice and clothes with a promise to return with more gifts if elected.
In Bida, one of the voters, who didn’t want his name mentioned, claimed that some people rejected the gifts.
This article was originally published on Naija News