Employees of Skye Bank to get fresh contract under Polaris Bank – NDIC

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has said that employees of the defunct Skye Bank Plc would be offered new contract terms under the management of Polaris Bank.

The Corporation said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Saturday and signed by the Head Communications and Public Affairs, Mohammed Kudu.

The Central Bank had on Friday revoked the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc with immediate effect.

Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said during a press briefing in Lagos that Skye Bank would now be taken over by Polaris Bank, which would take over all the assets and liabilities of the defunct entity.

The NDIC in the statement said following the revocation of the operating license of Skye Bank by the CBN, the NDIC has commenced the processes for its liquidation.

The statement reads in part, “The NDIC carried out the Bridge Bank option to resolve the Skye Bank Plc in order make certain that its depositors are fully protected as their deposits with Polaris Bank limited remain insured under the NDIC Act.

“The customers of Skye Bank Plc can also continue to transact their businesses with Polaris Bank Limited thereby ensuring the non-disruption of their banking transactions.

“Furthermore, the adoption of the Bridge Bank model for the resolution Skye Bank Plc, guarantees that most of the employees of that bank will not lose their jobs and they will continue their employment with POLARIS Bank Limited under fresh contracts of employment.

“The NDIC, as Deposit Insurer, acted to ensure the continued safety of depositor’s funds and to proactively manage potential threats to financial system stability.”

Emefiele had said the decision to revoke the licence of the old bank was taken following the inability of the owners of the bank to shore up the capital of the distressed bank which had earlier received a N350bn intervention in July 2016.

He said, “Skye Bank requires urgent recapitalisation as it can no longer continue to live on borrowed times with indefinite liquidity support from the CBN. We have decided to establish a bridge bank, Polaris Bank, to assume the assets and liabilities of Skye Bank.

“The strategy is for AMCON to capitalise the bridge bank and begin the process of sourcing for investors to buy out AMCON. By this decision, the licence of Skye Bank is hereby revoked.”

Emefiele recalled that on July 4, 2016, the CBN took a regulatory action on Skye Bank that led to the resignation of its chairman, all non-executive directors on its board as well as the managing director, deputy managing director, and the two longest-serving executive directors on the management team.

At that time, he added, the action was informed by the unacceptable corporate governance lapses as well as the persistent failure of the bank to meet minimum thresholds in critical prudential and adequacy ratios, which culminated in the bank’s permanent presence at the CBN lending window.

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 14:55 GMT |

2019: Atiku promises to take Nigeria to higher level if elected president

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday in Lafia, promised to take Nigeria to a higher level if elected president in 2019.

Atiku, who is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, stated this while addressing the Nasarawa State Working Committee and delegates of PDP.

According to him, insecurity, poverty, and hunger are some of the factors militating against the progress of Nigeria.

Atiku said that it was improper to describe Nigerian youths as  lazy people who only needed free money.

According to him, available records have proved Nigerian youths to be excellent sportsmen and women, astute businessmen and women,  among other things.

“If elected President of Nigeria , I will restructure Nigeria by empowering the youths, eradicate hunger and poverty, as well as fight insecurity,” he stated.

The former vice president also promised to develop all states sharing boundaries with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This, according to him, is because most of the people working in FCT reside in communities located in the neighbouring states.

He called on the delegates to vote for him given his experience, high net-worth and resourcefulness.

Responding, Francis Orugu, the Nasarawa State PDP Chairman, commended Atiku for the visit.

He promised that delegates from the state would vote for a credible aspirant that would be able to represent the party in the 2019 presidential election. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:25 GMT |

Osun election: INEC’s secret balloting curbed open vote buying – CSOs

Two Civil Society Organisations monitoring the Osun governorship election on Saturday said the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC’s) secret balloting had so far made it impossible for people to openly buy and sell votes.

The Executive Director of YIAGA Africa, Mr Samson Itodo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the group was monitoring the election in 250 polling units.

Itodo said that so far,it was obvious that INEC took deliberate steps to ensure that the secrecy of balloting was not compromised .

“There were two things INEC assured the stakeholders of, first was the reconsideration of the polling units, the ballot box and the cubicle would be placed closer to each other.

.“The polling officials were carrying out voter education in the morning, especially on how to roll their ballot papers according to the election guidelines provided by INEC guidelines.

“So, INEC kept to its promise of secret balloting,.however ,there were still some instances where voters intentionally exposed their ballot, in fact one actually happened before me.’’

Itodo encouraged voters to stop doing that, because it would undermine the integrity of the entire electoral process .

He said that at the moment ,the group had not observed any vote buying or selling activity though it was still very premature to state anything .

The National Coordinator, Election Monitor, Mr Abiodun Ajijola, said that he had so far not witnessed nor heard of vote buying during the election .

Ajijola said that things were moving as planned except for one or two issues on card readers where it was not authenticating properly.

He said that a request was made and something was being done about it.

The groups, therefore, commended INEC for the conduct of the exercise, so far.

NAN reports that there are 3,010 Polling Units and 755 Polling Points spread across the three senatorial districts and 30 local governments areas of the state.

NAN also reports that although 48 parties are participating in the election, the frontline candidates are Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic (SDP). (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:22 GMT |

African Shippers set to review port concession agreement

Mr Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) on Friday said that African maritime stakeholders would meet to review the port concession agreement.

Bello, in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, said the NSC was putting in place a comprehensive tariff regime to make the port more attractive.

According to him, the Union of African Shippers Council conference scheduled to hold on Sept. 25 to bring the terminal operators together to decide on the details of the review process.

“It is a Union of African Shippers Council which we are hosting to review what we would like to see.

“Port concessioning is a very good concept but we have to exercise abundant caution to see that it is done well.

“It is not only the government that is looking for review; the terminal operators are also looking for the review.

“We cannot review the port concessioning on behalf of anybody; all parties must come together and NSC has an important role to play in that.

“We must be part of that concession because we are the port economic regulator, we are the neutral referees.”

He said that the NSC, as the economic regulator, would advise government, through the minister, on matters relating to the structure of freight rates, availability and adequacy of shipping space.

Bello said that the council would also advise government on frequency of sailings, terms of shipment and class as well as quality of vessels. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:19 GMT |

Osun poll: CSOs laud security agencies’ professionalism

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) monitoring the ongoing Osun governorship election has commended the high level of professionalism displayed by security personnel deployed for the poll.

In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the Executive Director, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin,  said the security agencies had so far displayed the highest level of professionalism in their coverage of the exercise.

Okei-Odumakin also commended the turnout of voters during the poll, describing it as “ massive”.

“It was a massive turnout of voters. It is relatively calm. The election started early. The security agencies have so far displayed highest level of professionalism and we still want them to remain transparent,” she said.

Okei-Odumakin, who also told NAN that the organisation had deployed 100 observers across the 30 local government areas of the state, said that 20 roving observers were also on ground to monitor the poll.

‘’I have also personally gone to Ede, Modakeke, Iragbiji and I am in Ife now,” she said.

According to her, the poll has so far been peaceful and the voters have conducted themselves well.

She said none of the observers had brought any report on shortages of election materials as at the time of the interview.

Also in a telephone interview with NAN, Esther Uzoma, a member of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, commended the police and other security agencies deployed for the election for their good conduct.

Uzoma also noted the massive turnout of voters in the places she had visited, so far.

‘’We have covered Osun South and Ede and right now, we are going to Ikire. The election has been peaceful, the security agencies are conducting themselves well,” she said.

NAN reports that there are 3,010 Polling Units and 755 Polling Points spread across the three senatorial districts and 30 local governments areas of the state.

Although INEC registered a total of 1,682,495 voters, some 400,000 Permanent Voters Cards remained uncollected as at Friday.

NAN also reports that 48 parties are participating in the election, but the frontline candidates are: Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:15 GMT |

Freight forwarders bemoan low cargo clearing in Apapa port

Some concerned freight forwarders on Saturday bemoaned low number of containers cleared by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Apapa port.

The port users, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the challenges facing their operations in Lagos State, alleged that only between 38 and 40 containers were cleared by NCS for release daily, in spite of the automation of ports operations.

“Risk Assessment Report (RAR), Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) and the latest Nigeria Customs Integrated Service II are expected to speed up cargo transaction but to no avail.

“Clearing and release of containers daily become herculean and, most times, fruitless because of human interference, coupled with incessant system break down,” lamented Mr Osita Chukwu.

Chukwu, the Convener, Save Nigeria Freight Forwarders, appealed to the NCS to make the port user-friendly to check loss of investment capital through undeserved demurrage.

According to him, it behoves customs to support other agencies to be alert to their duties to ensure transparency and accountability in remittance of funds generated from cargo transactions.

Mr Obinna Okoroafor, who compared his experience at the Republic of Benin port to Nigerian ports, said that there was less human contact in the Cotonou port than the Apapa port.

Okoroafor, a chieftain of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, Ikorodu chapter, urged authorities at the Apapa port to employ automated platforms to hasten and ease process of doing business.

“If everything is streamlined into a proactive and functional automated platform as witnessed in other countries, it will save us time and money too,” he said.

Miss Debi Akinola, a Customs Broker, said that the Apapa port, a premier port in Nigeria, should be a model for others.

Akinola said that agencies should appoint competent officers to efficiently manage the tasks at the Apapa port. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:12 GMT |

NAPTIP calls for implementation of Child Rights Act in states

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has called on state governments to implement the Child Rights Act in tackling child trafficking in the country.

The NAPTIP’s Director of Investigation and Monitoring, Mr Josiah Emerole, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Saturday.

Emerole said there is the urgent need for stakeholders to push the 24 states which had domesticated the Act to ensure its full implementation.

He appealed to the states yet to domesticate the Act to do so and prepare a better future for the Nigerian child.

He also urged the media to play a key role in the advocacy programmes of the agency towards ensuring its full implementation at the state and federal levels.

According to him, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, has done much in creating awareness against child and other forms of human trafficking in the country.

“Public awareness is being created in all parts of this country to address this challenge of human trafficking.

“NAPTIP cannot do it alone hence the need for the general public to give us relevant information to arrest the menace of human trafficking in the society,” he said. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:59 GMT |

How we foiled proscribed IPOB’s sit-at-home order – CP

Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, on Saturday revealed that inter-agencies synergy and engagement of stakeholders made  foiled the sit-at-home order by the terrorist organization, IPOB, last weekend.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) declared sit-at-home order across the five South-East States on Sept. 14.

NAN gathered that IPOB had earlier written to various unions and associations in the state, including council areas, to shut down businesses and other activities.

The sit-at-home was called to protest the planned Operation Python Dance 3, the recent detention of some Igbo women in Imo and the alleged killing of many pro-Biafra agitators in various parts of the country.

Danmallam told NAN that the police enjoyed extensive co-operation with sister security agencies in the state to achieve the feat.

The commissioner added that police could not do it all alone as “security is inclusive and a shared responsibility of all’’.

He said that sister security agencies also made a lot of deployments according to their specialty on the fateful day as well as participated in extensive security vehicular patrols.

The commissioner said: “Most especially I must thank the various stakeholders that the command met one-on-one on the issue and they gave their assurances to partner the police to make the sit-at-home of no effect.

“We thank the various transport unions, the various markets and market unions and bank unions in the state.

“I will not forget the co-operation of the traditional rulers as well as tips they gave the police on ways to handle the misguided youths.

“Also, the grassroots mobilization that 17 council chairmen of the state did help to send a positive message that foiled the temptation for the residents of the state to obey these misguided youths.’’

According to Danmallam, the police command is already doing an appreciation letter to the various bodies and unions in the state over the matter.

“While thanking them in the letter, we will appeal for their further co-operation whenever the need arises,’’ he added.

NAN reports that the Federal High Court in Abuja on Sept. 21, 2017, gave judicial backing to the Executive Order by President Muhammadu Buhari outlawing the IPOB and declared its activities as acts of terrorism and illegality. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:09 GMT |

Osun poll: Aregbesola, Omisore disagree on conduct of exercise

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has commended the large turnout of voters for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

Aregbesola, who spoke after casting his vote at 11:50 am at his  Ifofin Ward 8, Unit 1 Polling Unit in Ilesa, also commended the Independent Electoral Commission(INEC) for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that Aregbesola arrived at the polling unit with his wife, Sherifat,  at 11:38 am.

The governor said the large turnout of voters and their peaceful conduct was a signal to their desire to elect a leader of their choice.

”  I must commend the voters for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner and for coming out in their large numbers.

” This is the beauty of democracy,’’ he said.

The governor also used the opportunity to dismiss the speculation that the payment of workers’ full salary before the election was for political reasons.

But Sen. Iyiola Omisore, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) lamented what he called irregularities in the conduct of the exercise.

Omisore, who spoke shortly after voting at his Moore Ward 1, 003 Polling Unit at 11:25 am,  alleged that there were insufficient electoral materials in some polling units in Osogbo.

He also claimed that the card readers were malfunctioning in some polling units in Ile-Ife.

Omisore, however,  urged the voters to exercise their civic responsibility by trooping out to vote.

He also urged the electorate to refrain from vote-selling, saying they would be mortgaging their future.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that there are 3,010 Polling Units and 755 Polling Points spread across the three senatorial districts and 30 local governments areas of the state.

Although there are a total of  1,682,495 registered voters, over 400,000 Permanent Voters Cards remained uncollected as at Friday.

NAN also reports that while 48 parties are participating in the election,  Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and  Omisore of the SDP are the frontline candidates.  (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 13:05 GMT |

Authority spends N368m on office complex, solar power projects – MD

The Managing Director, Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority, Prof. Mohammed Ali, said the sum of N368 million was spent on construction, furnishing and powering of the authority’s headquarters office complex in Minna.

Ali, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Saturday, said the projects consisted the purchase of solar power generating sets, street lights and boreholes.

He said the building, with 36 offices and a conference hall was initiated to provide additional offices to enhance efficiency and productivity among its workforce.

“We are currently spending about N200 million for the construction of the additional office complex to accommodate our entire workforce for effective administration,” he said.

He stated that the work had reached about 70 per cent completion, expressing satisfaction with the level and quality of work done so far.

He said that the authority embarked on the project because of its desire to provide conducive working atmosphere for its staff for smooth implementation of its programmes.

He said that the about N120 million was also spent on the purchase of 100KVA solar plant and 40 solar street lights at the headquarters premises.

He said that the provision of the solar powered lights had reduced the challenge of lack of power supply in the implementation of the authority’s programmes of action.

Ali said that N48million was spent on the construction of 6 solar powered boreholes in different parts of the headquarters for staff and neighbouring communities.

The Managing Director added that the aim was to provide good drinking water for members of the public which plays host to the authourity.

He promised that the authority would continue to implement laudable policies and programmes towards motivating its workforce. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:57 GMT |

Osinbajo inaugurates TraderMoni in Owerri

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday inaugurate TraderMoni initiative, a Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme, in Owerri, Imo State.

Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The initiative was designed to assist petty traders across the country expand their trade through the provision of collateral and interest-free loans of at least N10,000.

According to him, the loans are repayable over a period of six months.

The micro-credit scheme under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), was first inaugurated on Aug. 7 in five markets in Lagos State – Mushin, Ikotun, Agege, Ketu and Abule Egba areas.

“Following the Lagos leg, the micro-credit scheme has since been inaugurated in eight other states, including Kano, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Osun, Kogi, Oyo, Cross River; and Abuja (Federal Capital Territory).

“Under the scheme, beneficiaries can get access to a higher facility ranging from N15,000 to N100,000 when they repay N10,000 within the stipulated time period.

“Also, through TraderMoni scheme, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration aims to take financial inclusion down to the grassroots and uplift Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid, considering the contribution of petty traders to economic development.

“The Federal Government is also aware of the fact that many of the petty traders don’t have what the commercial banks require to grant them loans.

“Petty traders from across the states have continued to laud the Buhari administration for helping them in expanding their trade and empowering them economically,’’ Akande said.

He said that by the end of 2018, the micro-credit scheme would have reached all 36 states of the federation, with an estimated 2 million petty traders set to become beneficiaries. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:55 GMT |

NSE suspends trading on Skye Bank shares

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday officially notified the investing public that Skye Bank Plc shares would be suspended from trading on Sept. 24.

The exchange gave the notice in Lagos in a statement by Mr Olumide Orojimi, Head, Corporate Communications and Mr Godstime Iwenekhai Head, Listings Regulations.

NSE said in the statement that the action was taken following the recent regulatory action of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) revoking the banking license of Skye Bank.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exchange said that the decision was pursuant to the “Rules on Suspension of Trading in Listed Securities, Rulebook of The Exchange (Issuers’ Rules).”

It stated that further developments would be communicated as appropriate in due course.

CBN has revoked the banking licence of the Bank, and transferred its assets and liabilities to a newly licensed bridge bank called Polaris Bank.

Mr Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor, said at a news conference in Lagos that the decision was due to failure of its shareholders to recapitalise the bank.

Emefiele, however, said that the purpose of the CBN’s intervention in Skye Bank on July 4, 2016 had been achieved.

He said that the focus of the action then was to save depositors’ funds and to ensure that the bank continued as a growing concern, being a systemically important bank.

“Part of our intention was also to stem the imminent job losses to staff if a liquidation option had been adopted.

“These objectives have been fully achieved and the bank has been able to meet customer obligations, having curtailed the liquidity haemorrhage and restored depositor confidence.

Indeed, the bank’s performance has improved considerably compared to the pre-July 2016 era”, he said.

Emefiele said that the result of its examinations and forensic audit of the bank showed that the bank required urgent recapitalisation.

According to him, the bank can no longer continue to live on borrowed times with indefinite liquidity support from the CBN.

He added that the bank’s shareholders were unable to recapitalise it.

“As a responsible and responsive regulator and in consultation with the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), we have decided to establish a bridge bank, Polaris Bank, to assume the assets and liabilities of Skye bank.

“The strategy is for the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) to capitalise the bridge bank and begin the process of sourcing investors to buy out AMCON,” Emefiele said.

He, however, assured all depositors that under the arrangement, their deposits shall remain safe and that normal banking services shall continue in the new bank on Sept. 24.

The CBN governor said te arrangement was to enable customers to transact their businesses seamlessly.

He said that all customers of Skye Bank shall be automatic customers of the new bank and their accounts and records duly purchased by Polaris Bank.

NAN also reports that NDIC has sold Polaris Bank to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) with the mandate to stabilise the bank as well as return it to profitability for the purpose of selling it to interested Investors.

Consequently, AMCON will inject N786 billion into Polaris Bank to bring it’s net value to zero. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:52 GMT |

Nigeria assures international community of credible, peaceful 2019 polls

Nigeria has assured the international community that the 2019 general election will be credible and peaceful.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, gave the assuarance at a press briefing in New York ahead of the high level general assembly debate next week.

Onyeama explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had assured the international community that under his watch, there would be credible election because he had been a victim and had challenged election malpractices up to the Supreme Court.

He said Buhari had experienced how a political party in power organised elections to favour themselves and would not perpetrate same.

According to him, the president is a good believer in the electoral process adding, “we can be certain that he would ensure credible and peaceful election come 2019”.

“A good example is (Ademola) Adeleke (PDP gubernatorial candidate for Osun) who is contesting election and the security agency invited him but he (Buhari) said he has to conclude the election before he is invited.

“We also saw recently when the National Assembly was invaded and the head of the agency that carried out the invasion lost his job. So he has zero tolerance for the abuse of the rights of Nigerians.

“We went to The Gambia to ensure that democracy was sustained when the former president refused to leave power. So it will be an irony if he (Buhari) does that.

“So you can be sure that he would do everything possible to ensure a smooth general election. But he has also put security measures in place to ensure a peaceful process,” Onyeama said. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:49 GMT |

Osun elections: CSO commends high voter turnout

Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reforms, a Civil Society Organisation, has commended the high turnout of voters in the ongoing governorship election in Osun state.

Nwagwu, who is monitoring the election in the state, made the commendation in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  in Abuja on Saturday.

He said that between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. accreditation and voting had already commenced as people trooped out in orderly manner to exercise their franchise.

“We are coming out from Ife now, accreditation and voting is ongoing. The punctuality is pretty nice in the areas that we have observed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

“But generally, people are coming out to vote and the climate is calm and relatively peaceful,’’ he said.

The chairman also commended the relative peaceful atmosphere under which the process is going on.

He, therefore, expressed the need to encourage the people of the state to continue to maintain the maturity they put in during the campaigns and the poll and remain peaceful.

He expressed optimism that the outcome of the election would reflect the will and aspirations of a greater percentage of the people.

“It is good to continue to encourage the people of Osun to maintain the maturity that they put in during the campaigns and ensure that they remain peaceful.

“We hope that the outcome of the election reflects the will and aspirations of a greater percentage of Osun state people,’’he said.

NAN reports that a heavy security cordon was thrown on the state with massive deployment of policemen and other security personnel including soldiers who were sighted on the outskirts of the state capital.

NAN also reports that there are 3,010 Polling Units and 755 Polling Points spread across the three senatorial districts and 30 local governments areas of the state.

Although INEC registered a total of 1,682,495 voters, some 400,000 Permanent Voters Cards remained uncollected as at Friday.

NAN also reports that although 48 parties are participating in the election, the frontline candidates are Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples, Democratic Party and Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic. (NAN)

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:45 GMT |

Osun election: Party agent alleges widespread vote-buying in Ede, Osun

An All Progressives Congress party agent, who preferred to be anonymous confided in our correspondent that almost all the parties were involved in vote-buying in Ede.

He told our correspondent that the African Democratic Party in a door-to-door ‘evangelism’ distributed between N1,000 and N2,000 last night while the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress gave out their cash this morning.

Likewise, the ADP, the PDP and the APC have been giving out money to voters in Asunmo ward, Unit 1, Talafia area, Ede.

He said, “As a party agent, I have over N100,000 with me and I will give it out to those that vote for the APC.” – Punch

– Sept. 22, 2018 @ 12:42 GMT |