The Coalition of United Political Parties says it has obtained documents showing strange payments of money by some state governments to local government areas where supplementary elections will hold on March 23.
According to CUPP, the “financial bazar” is meant for vote-buying and for compromising electoral officials and security agencies in the affected local government areas.
In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, the coalition’s national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, claimed the CUPP had also intercepted information on “strange withdrawals running into hundreds of millions” from the local government and state accounts in Bauchi and Adamawa states and some Federal Government agencies.
He attached documents showing the Kano State Government disbursing N223.5m to 13 local governments in the state.
The document showed that money ranging from N12m to N24m was allocated to each of the local governments. (See the list below. )
He added, “The refusal of the Buhari regime and his EFCC to stop the ongoing reckless looting of resources of the poor masses in those areas where supplementary elections will hold has shown that the administration’s war against corruption is turning into a child’s play which only becomes serious when being used to blackmail opposition leaders.
“Let Buhari’s EFCC arrest the top officials of these states – Kano, Adamawa and Bauchi -who are stockpiling public funds for vote-buying.
“CUPP wishes to call on voters in those areas where supplementary elections will hold in Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Adamawa and Plateau states to start mobilising for ‘operation defend the polling unit’ and keep vigilance like the people of Ondo State did in 1983 to resist the rampaging federal forces that attempted to subvert the will of the people.
“Let the independent fearless spirit of the people of Kano, Bauchi, Benue and Sokoto states be guided by the actions of their forefathers.
“The people’s power, when combined, is the greatest force on earth. We urge you to defend your votes with the last energy in you and do not retreat nor surrender till the final announcement.”