- The APC in Sokoto state has alleged that some unscrupulous elements have started engaging in vote buying ahead of the coming elections
- The publicity secretary of the APC urged the citizens of Sokoto state to resist attempts to lure them into selling their vote
- The party said it is ready to support the security agencies towards ensuring that the eligible voters are not disenfranchised
The Sokoto chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has allayed fear over an alleged vote buying mechanism deployed by desperate politicians in the state, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take necessary action.
The Nation reports that in a statement on Wednesday, January 30, by the state APC publicity secretary, Sambo Bello Danchadi, the party alleged that some unscrupulous elements have started engaging in the prohibited act of vote buying.
The party, which also noted that uninformed prospective electorate were being lured with cash, called on the citizens of Sokoto state to resist attempts to lure them into selling their vote.
APC said: ''The perpetrators have resort to using every imaginable tactics to disenfranchise those they suspect would not vote for them.
“One of the methods being employed recently is the use of uniformed women who enter people’s houses, lure residents with financial and other inducements, collect their voter cards and apply unidentified means to deactivate the cards on election day."
The opposition party also expressed readiness to support the security agencies towards ensuring that the eligible voters are not disenfranchised.
“APC is ever ready to collaborate with security agencies, individuals or organizations to ensure that no stone is left unturned to protect our people from disenfranchisement," he added.
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This is coming days after report surfaced that the government of Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto is reportedly set to disburse a total of N1 billion to traders in the state as direct loans.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United States had warned that widespread vote-buying could mar Nigeria's forthcoming general elections.
The warning was given by the US deputy representative to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, during a UN Security Council meeting on West Africa, on Thursday, January 10.
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