Reports from Sokoto State indicated that the re-run election which took place in Sokoto North/Sokoto-South federal constituency yesterday was marred by vote buying, and deployment of fake agents.
Voters were reportedly displaying their ballot papers to show the party they voted for before casting their votes possibly to justify the handouts they would receive for voting a particular candidate and political party.
“This is the condition given to them by the vote buyers, and after casting the votes they would go and collect their money,” one of the election observers said.
A voter alleged that some individuals were assigned to polling units to monitor who they voted for.
“I am a civil servant. I don’t want to lose my job because we are being monitored by some individuals assigned to each of the affected polling units. Their assignment is to see which party we voted for and report back,” he said.
However, the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Abdullahi Hausawa, denied the allegation, saying nobody was assigned by either the party or government to monitor voters at polling units.