Alleged sale of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, is ongoing in Kano State, ahead of the supplementary election scheduled for March 23, 2019.
This is according to the Kano State Police Command.
Already, three people suspected to be involved in the offence are in police custody.
According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, on Wednesday, those arrested are 39 year-old Sa’adatu Isma’il of Brigade Quarters, Kano, and Halima Abba, 55, of Tal’udu Quarters.
The arrested persons were said to have purchased PVCs from voters at Gama Quarters Nasarawa Local Government area of the state.
“The suspects bought the PVCs each at the sum of N5,000 and above, eight PVCs were recovered from them with the cash sum of 10,000,” Haruna said.
The police spokesman also revealed that one Mukhtar Shu’aibu of Dandishe Quarters, Kano, was arrested for buying PVCs within the quarters.
The case was recorded on March 13, at about 10:00 a.m
Shu’aibu was said to have confessed to buying two PVCs at the rate of N3,000 per one.
He added that two other persons were arrested as they were about to be lynched when moving around to buy PVCs.
The Governorship and State House of Assembly election in Kano was among the ones declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Abba Yusuf, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 1,014,353 votes beating Ganduje to the second place with 953,522 votes.
However, the Returning Officer, Bello Shehu, declared the election inconclusive.
His reason was that the number of votes cancelled was more than the difference of votes between the two leading candidates.
While the number of votes cancelled was over 100,000 across 172 polling units, the difference of votes between Ganduje and Yusuf was 26,655 votes.
The two governorship candidates have been girding their loins for the election, declaring that they would win.