The Kano State Police Command has arrested a 45-year-old man in possession of 29 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) at Dawakin Tofa LGA of the state.
The spokesman for the police in the state, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed this to Daily Trust via phone chat, said the suspect has been identified as Tasiu Abdullahi from Hayin Hago area of Dawakin Tofa LGA.
Kiyawa said the suspect has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the command where investigation is currently ongoing after which the suspect would be charged to court.
Meanwhile, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has alleged that the suspect arrested by the police is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was allegedly working on the orders of Abba Ganduje, the son of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is contesting for the House of Representatives seat for Dawakin Tofa/Tofa/Rimin Gado federal constituency.
Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the NNPP Chief Campaign Spokesperson in a statement alleged that the suspect confessed that the younger Ganduje asked him to collect the PVCs so as to process empowerment of N10,000 for all the owners of the PVCs.
He said the party had directed its legal team led by the state legal adviser, Barr. Bashir Yusuf Tudunwazirchi to pursue the matter and ensure that the suspect is arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction to face the full wrath of the law.
However, the deputy chairman of the APC in the state, Alhaji Shehu Maigari said while he is unaware of the development, the allegation by the NNPP was unfounded based on the new electoral system, which provides that no one can vote with more than one PVC.
He said it is campaign period and the opposition is holding onto whatever they can lay their hands on to “cry over their impending defeat”.