Niger State: 5 Billion Scandal Rocks NSIEC over LG Election Conduction

By Abubakar Ibrahim,Minna.

Corruption rocks the Niger State Independent Electoral Commission as it alleged to have obtained the huge sum of N5billion in last weeks Local Governments Election from governor Abubakar Sani Bello in order to assist him rig the election that was marred with various degrees of irregularities.

It was gathered that the 5billion the NSIEC collected from the governor was not only to assist him in rigging the elections but to equally help to entertain the NGOs and observers that assisted them in the process but it later refused to give them their share until two days after the election, even as the accredited visiting journalists were seen stranded looking for a way back to their various destination.

In the fraud the NSIEC image maker \PRO\ admitted the money they got from the governor was not up to 2billion but sources from the ministry of finance disclosed it got 2billion that they have reason to cry out for any shortage of money except injustice was done to the money within the NSIEC, which allegedly pocketed it

And despite the fact that the elections were massively rigged in favor of the APC in most of the local governments, the Chairman went ahead to declare the deal results to please his governor. For instance, in Gurara, 3000 votes went missing and other places had similar cases but no meaningful attention was paid to the PDP due to the orders from above.

Even when the state NUJ Secretary, Mr.Abu Nmodu asked questions about the the 2billion the NSIEC collected in the know of the commissioner for finance, the PRO attacked him and diverted to other issues and even provoked that even if they have collected such money, that the journalist can not collect it from them or write whatever they see or hear.