Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states witnessed massive vote buying for as low as N1000, the Connected Development (CODE) has said.
This is contained in the mid-day report of the elections in the three states jointly presented by Hamzat Lawal, CEO, CODE, Emmanuel Njoku, Director Democracy and Governance and Head of Uzabe elections situation room, CODE and Hajiya Zaliha Lawal, Deputy Director Programs, CODE, on Saturday in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Njoku, who read the report under the Uzabe Situation Room, said that vote buying was recorded across the three states in different shades and categories.
“Disturbingly, in Bayelsa, Market Square Ogia Town Ward of Ogbia LGA, verified reports of vote buying have surfaced, with amounts going as high as N20,000. This was also observed at Ama-Ukwu Umuawaka Square Ward, of Njaba LGA, Imo State where votes were traded for as low as N1,000. This practice is disturbing and must be halted,” he said.