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INEC chair responds to reports of alleged arrest of INEC commissioner, six directors

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INEC chair responds to reports of alleged arrest of INEC commissioner, six directors

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked reports that the Resident Electoral Commission in Adamawa, Kashim Gaidam, received a $3m bribe from the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. It also dismissed reports that Gaidam was given a house in Dubai.

On Twitter, INEC said: “The Adamawa INEC REC completely dissociates himself from the allegation that he had an offer of $1m and a house in Dubai as no offer whatsoever was ever made to him by anyone.” The caption tweeted alongside a screenshot of a Facebook post saying: “Breaking News: I rejected Atiku’s $1m bribe plus a house in Dubai- Adamawa REC.”

Other reports have been debunked by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a press briefing by the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu on Tuesday:

  • Was an INEC national commissioner arrested by the DSS?: “No commissioner was picked up. No house was raided. The particular commissioner you mentioned is at his office.”
  • Were six INEC directors invited for questioning by the DSS?: “No six directors were picked up,” Yakubu said.

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