- The chairman of the APC electoral panel in Kaduna, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, claims Senator Shehu Sani offered him N10 million bribe
- The Nation reports that Iduoriyekemwen alleged the N10 million bribe from the senator was for him to skew the results of the primaries in his favour
- According to the chairman, though the senator made efforts to get him to accept the offer, he rejected the money
Senator Shehu Sani has been accused of offering a N10 million bribe to the chairman of the APC electoral panel which presided over the party’s recent primaries in Kaduna state, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, to get an affirmation for his controversial automatic ticket.
Iduoriyekemwen disclosed this while responding to questions over allegations that the committee was bribed to skew the primary election results in favour of some aspirants of the APC in the state.
The electoral panel chairman said: “The only person in Kaduna state who offered me money was Senator Shehu Sani through one of my comittee members, to inform me that N10m gift was set aside for the committee chairman, and I said we didn’t need the money, asking them what the money was for.
“Even after the primaries, before the announcement of results, Senator Shehu and his men put pressure on us to come and take the money. He called me several times but we made it clear to him that we didn’t need cash inducement at all.”
According to him, Senator Sani made last-minute efforts to get him to accept the offer to no avail.
Iduoriyekemwen said he was ready to forward the telephone number of his committee member through whom the pledge of N10 million offer was announced to the leadership of the panel.
He described the election as “peaceful, orderly and rancour-free” as he expressed satisfaction over how it was conducted.
Corroborating Iduoriyekemwen’s claim, a member of the APC electoral committee, Akeem Okedara, also denied the allegation that the committee was bribed to skew the primary election results in favour of some aspirants of the APC in the state.
“There was nothing like that. It was Shehu Sani who wanted to give us something but we turned it down,” he said.
In a swift reaction, Senator Sani denied the allegation, describing it as laughable. He added that he had no reasons whatsoever to bribe the committee.
Speaking through his media aide, Abdulsamad Chima Amadi, Senator Sani said: “Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous and frivolous news making the rounds that the chairman of the Kaduna APC electoral panel purportedly claimed he was offered financial inducements by Senator Shehu Sani.
“The committee chairman probably had a dream to that effect. It is laughable for him to claim an aspirant who was the sole candidate cleared in Kaduna central offered him financial inducements.
“First of all, Senator Shehu Sani virtually had no rival in the primaries. He was the only person cleared. So what does he need to bribe the committee for?
“Secondly, when the committee and the state government connived to stage a fake senatorial primaries in Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani made it cristal clear that he was not going to participate in the so called primaries because it was an illegality.
“Senator Shehu Sani is a distinguished and law abiding citizen who has over the years earned a good name for himself through his uncompromising stance against corruption. It is obvious that some desperate politicians who have become synonymous with failure are behind these baseless and frivolous accusations.
“Just like all their attempts to malign, frame up, intimidate and harm Senator Shehu in the past failed, this one too has failed on arrival."
Amadi added that no amount of blackmail will deter or destract Senator Sani.
Senator Sani and the governor of Kaduna state have been at loggerheads.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the presidency distanced itself from a letter purportedly addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari on the return of the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said at no time did President Buhari as claimed in the letter authorise anyone, not even a governor to "deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani."
The presidential aide said Buhari is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member. Read more:
has reacted to the circulation of a letter , said the president is not in receipt of any of such letter. Shehu in a series of tweet on Sunday, October 7, said the president wishes to distance itself from the letter in circulation.
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