Tukur Arab, Kano state
As the re-run Elections is drawing nearer in Kano state northwestern Nigeria, a non governmental organisation named Kano state civil society situation room (KASCISSIR) has filed a petition against Kano state government over alleged attempt to buy votes ahead of the 23rd March, 2019 re-run election.
The co-convener of the petition comrade Abdulrazaq Alkali stated this while addressing journalists shortly after submitting the petition to the zonal office of the economic and final crimes commission EFCC in Kano.
He said the group was aware with the EFCCs efforts in curtailing vote buying among the Nigerian citizens to improve Democratic process in the country.
Abdulrazaq Alkali further explained that the petition was filed in to draw the attention of the anti graft agency on a suspicious withdrawal of over two hundred and twenty million naira from Kano state government Treasury, through the ministry for local government.
The petition alleged that the amount has been allocated to different local governments where INEC was scheduled to hold re-run election.
The (KASCISSIR) appealed to EFCC to investigate the case to ensure peaceful conduct of the re-run election in the state.
Reacting over the matter, Kano state commissioner for local government Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo said the petetion was a mere allegations.
Garo also explained that the money was released to thirteen local government areas of the state out of which five were not among the local government that the re-run would take place.
The commissioner added that the funds released on the 12th March 2019 as indicated in the leaked documents were meant for executing government projects.