A 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.