The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has said that it has obtained documents showing strange payments of money by some State Governments to Local Government Areas, where supplementary elections will hold, on March 23.
It stated that the “financial bazar” was meant for vote-buying, and for compromising Electoral Officials and Security Agencies, in the affected Local Government Areas.
The Coalition’s National Spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, disclosed this in a statement made available to Journalists, in Abuja, on Thursday.
Ugochinyere attached documents showing the Kano State Government disbursing N223.5 million to 13 Local Governments in the State.
The document showed that money ranging from N12 million to N24 million, was allocated to each of the Local Governments.
The benefiting Local Governments include: Bichi, Doguwa, Nasarawa, Rimin-Gado, Gwarzo, Sumaila, and Wudil.
Others are: Dawakin Kudu, Kabo, Dawakin Tofa, Tsanywa, Kumbotso, and Kura.
Ugochinyere claimed that the Coalition had also intercepted information on “strange withdrawals running into hundreds of millions”, from the Local Government and State accounts in Bauchi and Adamawa States, and some Federal Government Agencies.
He stated that the withdrawals were being done with a bid to engage in massive vote-buying, and compromise Electoral and Security Officials.
He added: “The refusal of the Buhari regime and his the EFCC, to stop the ongoing reckless looting of resources of the poor masses, in those areas where supplementary elections will hold, has shown that the administration’s war against corruption is turning into a child’s play, which only becomes serious when being used to blackmail opposition Leaders.
“Let Buhari’s EFCC arrest the top Officials of these States; Kano, Adamawa, and Bauchi, who are stockpiling public funds for vote-buying.
“CUPP wishes to call on voters in those areas where supplementary elections will hold, in Kano, Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto, Adamawa, and Plateau States, to start mobilising for ‘operation defend the polling unit’, and keep vigilance like the people of Ondo State did in 1983, to resist the rampaging Federal forces that attempted to subvert the will of the people.
“Let the independent fearless spirit of the people of Kano, Bauchi, Benue, and Sokoto States, be guided by the actions of their forefathers.
“The people’s power, when combined, is the greatest force on earth. We urge you to defend your votes with the last energy in you, and do not retreat nor surrender till the final announcement.”