By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Chairman of the APC Electoral Panel that superintended over the party’s just concluded primaries in Kaduna State, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has alleged that Senator Shehu Sani had offered him bribe to get an affirmation for his controversial automatic ticket.
Mr. Iduoriyekemwen dropped the bombshell while responding to questions over allegations that the committee was bribed to skew the primaries election results in favour of some aspirants of the APC in the state.
His words: “The only person in Kaduna State who offered me money was Senator Shehu Sani, through one of my Comittee members, to inform me that N10m gift was set aside for the Committee Chairman. And I said we don’t need the money, asking 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”.
The Electoral Panel Chairman also disclosed that the incumbent Kaduna Central Senator made last minute efforts to get him to accept the offer, to no avail. Said the Chairman: “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 pointedly 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”.
Mr. Iduoriyekemwen, who was also a former Majority Leader of Edo State House of Assembly and one-time board member of the Niger-Delta Development Commission(NDDC) also expressed readiness to forward the telephone number of his Committee member, through whom the pledge of N10m offer was announced to the leadership of the panel.
The Electoral Panel Chairman also expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the election was conducted, describing it as “peaceful, orderly and rancour-free”.