The Civil Society Situation Room on the 2019 Gubernatorial Election, a coalition of civil society group has filed a complaint on Governor Abdullahim Umar Ganduje of Kano state over his withdrawal of N223 million for alleged vote-buying.
In a letter to the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) signed by the conveners on Thursday, Kabiru Saidu Dakata and Abdulrazak Alkai, the group urged the commission to investigate the allegation.
Leaked documents published by Daily Nigerian had shown an approval for the withdrawal of N223 million by the Kano state government and transferred to various accounts in the local governments where the march 23 re-run elections would hold.
Also on Wednesday, the state police command had confirmed arresting five persons in hotly contested Gama ward in Nasarawa local government area and Dandinshe ward in Dala over alleged purchase of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
“It is in recognition of EFCC’s commitment to curb this menace, that we wish to draw your attention to a suspicious withdrawal of Two Hundred and Twenty Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N223,500,000), from Kano state government treasury, through the Ministry for Local Governments,” the group said.
“The said amount has been allocated to different Local Governments where INEC scheduled to hold re-run election on 23/03/2019, in Kano State. This information is contained in a leaked document dated 12/03/2019 that is now available in the public domain.
“Furthermore, on the 13th March, 2019, arrests of some votes buying agents have been made in some communities where Gubernatorial re-run election will take place, and some of those agents confirmed that they were working for the ruling APC in the state, as one of them, xxx confirmed on Freedom Radio program, (Inda Ranka), on Wednesday 13/03/2019 by 9:39pm.
“We hope that EFCC will investigate this matter, while also putting some measures in those communities to ensure that votes buying, both before and during, does not influence the Gubernatorial re-run election in Kano State.
“Attached to this petition are copies of the leaked documents directing for the withdrawal of the said amount and the list of the benefiting Local Governments, for your investigation.
While we commend you for the anticipated front response, we wish to assure you of our commitment to continue supporting the efforts of your commission to curb votes buying and any other form of corruption,” the letter added.
Editor’s Note: The figures initially published in this report was N233 but careful checks has shown that the correct figure is actually N223 million. The error is regretted.