The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 66-year-old man in Gombe state while trying to buy over voters with cash at a polling unit.
The EFCC confirmed the arrest in a statement on Saturday, February 23.
According to the statement, the man named Amadu Garkuwa got the money running into thousands of naira from the the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to influence voters'decisions.
The statement read: "In Gombe, 66-year-old Alhaji Amadu Garkuwa was caught on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Anguwa Madanaki, Gombe Local Government, Gombe State inducing voters with money.
"He was subsequently arrested by men of the commission. Among items found with him was a list detailing who and how the money would be shared ostensibly to influence voters’ choices in the election.
"Garkuwa said he was given #75,000 from PDP party office in the presence of party chairman and the Gombe local government chairman, adding that the money was meant to be shared among the INEC officials, security agents, PDP delegates and PDP media team.
"Before his arrest, the suspect was said to have distributed N10,000 each to PDP delegates and #5,000 to each of the journalists on the list.
"He was caught with #55,000 allegedly meant to bribe the INEC officials and security operatives at the polling unit. He, however, claimed that the money was meant for pure water.
"Two more suspected votes buyers were equally arrested before the close of the exercise in the state."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari won the presidential election in the polling unit where Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state voted.
Buhari defeated Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 453 votes while the PDP candidate score 80 votes.
Dankwambo, also a member of the PDP, however, won the polling unit 005 Hassan Manzo in Harwagana ward Gombe local government area in the state.
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