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Electoral Panel Chairman Accuses Shehu Sani Of N10m Bribery

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Mr.  Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, the Chairman of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) Panel sent to monitor the party’s primaries in Kaduna State has accused Senator Shehu Sani (APC – Kaduna Central) of attempting to bride the panel with N10 million to get confirmation of his contentious automatic ticket.

Iduoriyekemwen made this known in a chat with newsmen, saying that the senator offered the bride through a member of the panel during the just-concluded primaries in the state.

He said, “The only person in Kaduna State who offered  me money was Senator Shehu Sani,  through one of my committee members who was told  to inform me that N10m gift was set aside for the committee chairman.  I said we didn’t  need the money. I  asked them what the money was for. Even after the primaries, before the announcement  of results, Senator Shehu and his men put pressure on us to come and take the money.  He called me several times,  but we made it clear  to him that we don’t  need cash inducement  at all.

“He (Senator Sani) tried to convince me that he was the sole candidate  and that was why I must accept the money.  I told  him point blank that  I was in Kaduna on assignment for the National Working Committee,  with a brief to do free and fair primary elections  for duly-cleared candidates.”

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But in a swift reaction, the senator described Iduoriyekemwen’s claims as a “lie” and an attempt to tarnish his image.

Speaking in a statement signed by his political adviser, Suleiman Ahmed, Sani said, “The attention of the distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has been drawn to a fresh regime of lies disseminated and peddled by the APC Kaduna Central primary panel chair as supported by elements of the Kaduna State Government that distinguished Senator Shehu Sani had, through a proxy, offered to “Bribe” the chair of the  electoral panel with the sum of N10m which he “rejected.” That is nothing but a condensed lies and outright falsehood.

“The distinguished Senator never delegated anyone to act on his behalf as far as the mischievous allegations are concerned.

“The distinguished senator had made it publicly known before the illegal primaries that he would not partake in an exercise that clearly violated the rules of the party and a court order obtained by the Governor’s candidate Uba Sani.

“The APC primary election committee was hosted and monopolized by the state governor’s aide in a hotel. It’s inconceivable that the senator will contemplate engaging in such an unwholesome and immoral act.

“The position of the distinguished senator remains that  the so called primaries were illegal and nothing but a futile premeditated exercise aimed at producing Uba Sani as the party’s candidate.

“The said ‘bribe’ is an afterthought and nothing but a work of fiction by a panel that did the bidding of Uba Sani and his cohorts. Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani remains the only candidate cleared to contest  the Kaduna central APC.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained, tech-savvy journalist with an uncanny nose for news. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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