There are indications that all may not be going well with a Southeast governor and a top national official of the Independent National Electoral Commission who are reported to have faced issues a $4 million bribe given by the governor in a bid to compromise the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
Vanguard reports that gathered last night, the governor, who wants to install his preferred candidate, used the top electoral body official to pass the bribe so as to get his wish actualised.
The money, has already been disbursed to beneficiaries by the official, who is said to be in charge of a vital organ in INEC but it was unsure whether the commission’s hierarchy was in the know of the development as at last night.
The report said while the embattled governor who is yet disclosed is said to be trying to reach key national players in INEC to compromise the vote in his favour, the wife of the politician, who is described as ‘an influential and powerful first lady in the Southeast, is reported to have been meeting secretly with many electoral officers, Eos, who are key to the forthcoming election.
“The woman has been holding regular meetings with Electoral Officers, who man the local government offices in the state and has told them her expectations regarding the election,” a top security official privy to the deal, revealed.
While the security agencies may not be in a hurry to move against the governor, there were indications last night that they might go after the top INEC official even before the polls.
A senior security official confirmed that the affected INEC top shot had already been placed under watch for some time and that he could be picked up for necessary questioning and action at any moment.
“The evidence against the governor’s breach of his oath of office and public trust is strong but he is still protected under the immunity clause but we will see what happens once his immunity elapses,” the top source said. He declined to give further details.
Anambra has been in the news lately owing to the upcoming November 6 election which seems to be contested by various heavy weights, some of whom have been in private and corporate businesses, where they reached top heights.
What is also unsure following the report, is whether there might be some arrests in the before or after the vital poll coming up in three weeks.