- EFCC operatives invaded a polling unit in Imo where a rerun election was conducted
- The operatives reportedly stormed the polling unit to probe the PDP candidate in the election who was accused of vote-buying
- Obinna Onwubuariri is the candidate of PDP in the rerun election
The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday, January 25, invaded a polling unit in Isiala Mbano council area of Imo over alleged vote-buying.
The anti-graft agency stormed the polling unit and interrogated Obinna Onwubuariri, the PDP candidate in the rerun of Okigwe North federal constituency.
The rerun was ordered by the appeal court after nullifying the election of Onwubuariri,
The EFCC operatives told NAN that their mission was to investigate the PDP candidate over the allegation of vote-buying.
Obinna is serving as the member representing Okigwe North federal constituency at the House of Representatives.
Many reacting to the incident question the EFCC's action, wondering whether it was within the ambit of the law.
"They can't invade the rerun in sokoto where underage are been allowed to vote, EFCC my foot," said Igbiloba Olamilekan Shevy T.
Another Facebook user, Francis Nnatuanya, posted: "What concerns EFCC with election matters?"
"EFCC don’t know their boundary anymore that lead them to corruption," Prince Nnanna posted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that INEC said the re-run election in Sokoto was hitch-free with no report of violence or serious challenges.
Malam Musa Muhammad, INEC’s spokesperson in Sokoto said preparation for the collation had commenced in some of the areas where the elections were conducted.
Voting reportedly ended in all the places before 3pm and counting of votes commenced immediately.
In a related development, Yiaga Africa’s Watching the Vote (WTV) said it deployed 114 observers to observe the January 25 elections in four (Akwa Ibom, Imo, Kano and Sokoto) out of eleven states where INEC conducted court-ordered rerun elections.
According to a statement sent to journalists by its executive director, Samson Itodo, Yiaga Africa said its observers were deployed to observe the conduct of the elections at the polling units and the results collation process at local government area results collation centres.
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