Vote buyers make brisk business in Kano, Jigawa

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There are cases of massive vote-buying in some local government areas of Kano and Jigawa State on Saturday.

The vote buyers took advantage of absence of EFCC operatives in Tarauni, Fagge, Nassarawa, among other places in Kano metropolis to induce voters to vote for their parties.

Our reporter gathered that the vote-buyers entice voters with cash, pasta, wrappers, among others.


In Tunana Primary School in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa States, the vote buyers openly induce voters to vote for their parties.

NAN also observed that nobody was immediately ready to challenge the vote buyers, not even the party agents or the prospective voters, because of fear of being attacked by aggressive looking youths.

A NAN correspondent observed that the vote buyers in Jigawa were seen negotiating to offer the new N1,000 notes and wrapper to prospective voters, mostly women.

NAN also reports that neither the anti graft personnel nor the independent local or international observers were sighted at the polling centre to possibly scare them.

Meanwhile,  a prospective voter, one Alhassan Shafi’u, who reported to the Polling unit as early as 5 a.m., said he could not speak about the ugly situation because of fear, but however, expressed happiness that voting commenced by 8:30 a.m.

An APC agent, Haruna Zubairu, also declined to comment on vote buying, but said everything was fine.

Similarly, one Bashir Isa, an agent of New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, also refused to comment on the presence of vote buyers but said that voting was going smoothly.

One of the Presiding Officers, Muhammad Garba of 024 Polling Unit, said that he was not entertaining any fear from anybody whatsoever, adding that the election process was going on peacefully.

Mr Garba said that he started the accreditation and voting as early as 8:30 a.m. without experiencing any technical problem or having incomplete election materials.

NAN, however, reports that there was large turnout of voters in the area, mostly women and young men who were in their 20s showing their excitement at the way the entire processes started early enough.

However, DSP Lawan Shiisu, the spokesman for Jigawa Police Command, told NAN that they were not aware of the situation.

He said the command would, in spite of that, quickly deploy reinforcement of security operatives to the centre.

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