Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker of the 8th National Assembly, has said politicians gave old naira notes to electorates for vote-buying during the governorship and house of assembly elections in Kaduna State.
Information Nigeria reports that there were quite a number of abnormalties during the governorship and state house of assembly elections across 28 states where an election was conducted.
Some areas were marred with chronic vote-buying, violent ballot box snatching, intimidation of voters at polling units amongst others.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, Sani alleged that the old Naira notes recently made a legal tender by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following an order by the Supreme Court were used to buy people’s conscience at the polls.
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He also alleged that residents of Kaduna, mostly poor women, were offered N1,000 to N2,000 naira for their votes today.
“The Old Naira notes that was made a legal tender by the Supreme Court became the tool for vote buying in Kaduna State.
“People, mostly poor women within the metropolis and beyond, were paid from 1k to 2k for their votes,” Sani tweeted.
Recall that the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai was one of the governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress who dragged the federal government to supreme court, demanding the return of the old notes.