- Party agents in some local governments in Sokoto state re-rerun election were reportedly said to be buying votes and casting same on behalf of the electorates
- According to an eye witness, Aminu, security officials and INEC staff did not intervene when the case was reported to them
- The electoral malpractice was also said to have taken place with the full awareness of all officials present
In spite of the of the security that was beefed up in polling units at Kware, Gwadabawa and Illela local government areas by he Police, Department of State Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, there were alleged cases of vote buying.
Party agents were allegedly buying votes and getting ballot papers from them to vote on their behalf, Daily Trust reports.
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It was also gathered that at Katta Hakimii polling zone EC 30 B, Gidan Katta area of Illela, party agents bought votes and helped electorates to vote without caution.
Aminu, one of the party agents was said to have reported the case to security officials present and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but was told that intervening in such was their duties.
Rabiu Illela, a party supporter, condemned the act in an angry voice, while he said people around did not say anything about the electoral malpractice because they do not want trouble.
He said: “We know them, we know where they came from and we know who sent them. We don’t want trouble that’s why we have been quiet but we are waiting to see what will happen.”
The negotiation for vote buying was also said to have happened in the presence and very close to the INEC officials.
Also, a security agent at the polling centre said he could not do anything to the situation because he does not have the assistance of other security officials who were there.
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Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that voters and some journalists covering the supplementary governorship election in Kano state on Saturday, March 23, escaped lynching by some suspected thugs at Suntulma Primary School in Gama ward of Nasarawa local government area of the state.
The journalists, who were in the area to monitor the poll, were chased out of the place by the hoodlums, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Trouble began when some of the newsmen tried to interview some voters who were denied access into the classrooms where some of the polling units were stationed.
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