Alleged vote-buying: EFCC officials invade election venue


Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Saturday, invaded booth 003 Umucaram Amaraku in Isiala Mbano council area of Imo State over alleged vote-buying.
The anti craft agency, in company of combined security agencies, stormed the election venue and interrogated Mr Obinna Onwubuariri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the rerun election.
INEC had fixed January 25 for the rerun of Okigwe North Federal constituency following nullification of the election by an appeal court.
However, the EFCC said that they stormed the election venue to investigate allegation of vote-buying against the PDP candidate.
They also attempted to arrest a police orderly attached to Onwubuariri but for the intervention of some military officials.
Obinna is currently serving as the member representing Okigwe North Federal constituency at the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, there was a general voter apathy in the rerun election.
Speaking on the development, Onwubuariri alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had planned to rig the election.
He alleged that APC leaders in Isiala Mbano led by Senator Ifeanyi Araraume influenced results in the area.
Also reacting, an APC chieftain in Isiala Mbano, Mr Jerry Onye, said there was no crisis in the area.
He said APC loyalist complied with election rules and expressed optimism of victory in the election.


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