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I saw a serving councillor sharing money – Zamfara PDP gov candidate

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Maradun (Zamfara) – The Governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, has alleged that there was vote buying, among other election irregularities, in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.

A woman wearing a veil votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections, on February 23, 2019, at a polling station in Daura, Katsina State, northwestern Nigeria. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Matawalle made the allegation shortly after casting his vote at his polling unit in Maradun South area of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara.

” I’m a living witness of a serving councillor sharing money to the electorate at a polling unit while casting their votes,” he said.

According to him, another irregularity that occurred in the election was shortage of ballot papers for candidates of National Assembly, in some polling units.

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“According to reports from my party officials, the problem happened in five LGAs, including Tsafe, Kaura Namoda, Gusau, Maradun and Anka,” he said.

The conduct of election was largely peaceful in most of the polling units across the state.

Voters in those areas suspected to have high security challenges were relocated to areas where security was better assured. NAN

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