Katsina North by-election: Wife of PDP candidate alleges voter inducement

Massive turn out in Galadima A, PU 10
Massive turn out in Galadima A, PU 10

Ramatu Kabir Babba-Kaita, wife of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party candidate, Kabir Babba-Kaita, in the ongoing Katsina North by-election has alleged that some party agents are sharing money to induce voters.

The election is being contested by Kabir Babba-Kaita of PDP and his younger brother, Ahmad Babba-Kaita, a member of the House of Representatives.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in the sideline of voting process in Kankia Saturday morning, Ramatu expressed dissatisfaction that some voters are denied their free will to choose by desperate party agents.

“They (party agents) are following people that are voting. They don’t allow them to vote (in their own). This is election, this is a free something that person has to do. You don’t have to direct anybody. This is our right. We have to defend our right, she said.

“It’s not because I’m the wife of candidate that I’m saying this. I’m saying to our people. Let us vote the right person, let us do the right thing for ourselves. We don’t need to follow people.

“They will come and tell you and say its just to collect something and go away. They are being corrupt. Let people do the right thing. You don’t have to use your power. Just allow people to do whatever they want.”

Asked what other form of corruption she has observed, Ramatu said some party agents are giving money.

She won’t say further because of the family relationship.

“They are giving money. You know I can’t say anything about it more than this but they are giving money. Both sides are Babba-Kaita, I don’t have to defend anybody.”

Meanwhile the Katsina State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, M. A. Alhassan, said the election has been moving smoothly without hitch.

The commandant said the only reported case of hitch has been resolved.

“I called the commissioner in charge of election in Katsina and he told me there is one place called Daru where they just started election (by 11 a.m.) because the man who collected the items couldn’t locate exact place where he’s supposed to be.

“There was panic. They called him on phone, the phone was not going through. Eventually, the man reached the place and he told them what happened and they have started now,” he said.

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