According to a high-ranking source within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the anti-graft agency is now conducting a clandestine investigation into delegates’ inducement and vote-buying during the ruling All Progressives Congress’s ongoing presidential primary polls.
“We’re currently at the APC convention ground on a clandestine operation,” said the trusted source, who talked with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity. We’re keeping an eye on things and keeping a close eye out for incidences of delegates being bribed, votes being bought, and other electoral or financial fraud.”
The insider also confirmed to PUNCH Metro that the anti-graft bureau is conducting the undercover operation to catch potential criminals off guard.
This comes amid claims that prominent candidates in the upcoming presidential primary elections are paying delegates up to $40,000 in order to entice them to vote for them.
The EFCC stormed the Moshood Kashimawo Abiola International Stadium in Abuja during the presidential primary polls of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, exactly 10 days ago, according to PUNCH Metro.
Around 4:40 p.m., the officers arrived at the location.
Following accusations of alleged vote-buying and bribing of delegates during the PDP’s presidential primary polls in Abuja, the operatives stormed the site, according to the PUNCH.
The EFCC then issued a formal statement confirming PUNCH’s allegation, stating that its officers stormed the conference to monitor delegates’ inducement and financial malpractices.
“Our operatives were in the MKO Abiola Stadium for the PDP presidential primary polls to monitor the process and, in particular, to check delegates’ inducement and other financial malpractices.” In part, the statement was read.
Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC Public Relations Officer, refused to comment on the matter when our correspondent contacted him.