By Frank Ulom
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Calabar Municipal State Constituency in the 2023 general election, Mr Stanley Nsemo has been arrested for suspicion of vote buying.
CONVERSEER gathered that Nsemo, who is vying for the seat of Calabar Municipality State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Saturday, February 25, 2023, during the Presidential and National Assembly election in Calabar.
According to the EFCC, Nsemo was caught with dollars allegedly buying votes for his party, APC.
“…two persons, Stanley Nsemo and Eno Amponsah were arrested in Calabar, Cross River State with the sum of $450 (Four Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars) and N156,800 on suspicion of alleged votes buying”, EFCC said in a press release while parading Nsemo and several other suspects.
Efforts to reach Nsemo on the phone were abortive as he did not take or return his calls at the time of the arrest.
Also, one Dr Cletus Tyokyaa, a lecturer with the Sarwuan Tarka University (formerly known as the University of Agriculture), Makurdi, Benue State, was arrested at the RCM Polling Unit in Daudu, Guma Local Government Area of the state with the sum of N306,700 in various denominations stashed in his car allegedly buying votes.
Luck ran out on the suspect when he drove to the voting centre which was different from his polling unit and tried to run upon sighting operatives of the EFCC.
When asked about his mission at the centre, Dr Tyokyaa could not provide a coherent explanation, leading to the arrest, and the search of his car revealed the money in various denominations.
He was released after volunteering a statement to the Commission.
The EFCC also arrested a man for alleged vote buying with N194,000 at the Gidan Zakka polling unit, Goron Dutse area of Kano Municipal Local Government, Kano State.
A party agent buying votes through bank transfers was also arrested in Abaji in the Federal Capital Territory.
Earlier in the day, a woman with 18 voter cards was intercepted in a sting operation at the Badarwa area of Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The woman, one Maryam Mamman Alhaji, who is a member of the support group of one of the leading political parties, also had in her possession, a 17-page list containing names of eligible voters, their bank details and phone numbers as accredited under Badarwa/Malali Ward 01 and 08, Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
She was nabbed after undercover operatives pretended they had voter cards and were desperate to sell them.
She is currently being grilled by operatives of the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC, with a view to unravelling other members of her syndicate whom she claimed are also collecting voters’ cards and paying monies through POS or direct bank transfers.