Voters sell votes in Sokoto

Governor Aliyu Wamakko

Some voters in Sokoto State were spotted exchanging their votes for money during the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state on Saturday.

One of the places where voters collected money from politicians was Denge/Shuni Local Government Area of the state.

It was not however clear which of the political parties were giving money to voters.

A voter, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES but does not want his name mentioned for security reasons, said he collected N500 each from two political parties to vote for them.

He explained that before the beneficiaries were given the money, they were made to swear to an oath that they would vote for that particular party.

“You will be requested to swear that you are going to vote for their party and you get the N500, ” he said.”We collect for one party here and the other party there.”

A widow, who also spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, said they collected money form the political parties because “some of these politicians only remember us in times like this, but we will not see them or their children after they win elections. Therefore, we collect whatever they bring now without shame.”

Meanwhile, the elections were characterised by low turnout of voters.

The Chairman of Gwadaba Local Government Area, Aminu Aya, explained that the elections witnessed low turn out because “we have the tradition of holding female voters at home until after their male counterparts have finished accreditation before they come out for their own.”

Speaking shortly after casting his vote in Wamakko Local Government Area, the state governor, Aliyu Wamakko, admonished voters to be cautious of how they celebrate victory.

He said only those who are alive can experience the expected change.

He thanked the people of the state and Nigerians for the confidence reposed in APC, assuring that the party would not fail Nigerians.

On his part, the APC governorship candidate in Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, said he was mentally ready to accept the election outcome in good faith.

Mt. Tambuwal, who is the Speaker, House of Representatives, said it is only God that gives power.

He lamented that the restriction of movement order during the election period was grossly violated across the state.

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