The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Electoral Panel that supervised the just-concluded primaries in Kaduna State, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has accused Senator Shehu Sani of offering the committee N10 million bribe to get an automatic ticket.
Speaking to newsmen, Iduoriyekemwen, who is the Majority Leader of the Edo State House Assembly, accused Sani of trying to offer the bribe through a member of the committee in order to influence the outcome of the recently held primaries.
He said: “The only person in Kaduna State who offered me money was Senator Shehu Sani, through one of my committee members who was told to inform me that N10m gift was set aside for the committee chairman. I said we didn’t need the money. I asked them what the money was for.
“Even after the primaries, before the announcement of results, Senator Shehu and his men put pressure on us to come and take the money. He called me several times, but we made it clear to him that we don’t need cash inducement at all.
“He (Senator Sani) tried to convince me that he was the sole candidate and that was why I must accept the money. I told him point blank that I was in Kaduna on assignment for the National Working Committee, with a brief to do free and fair primary elections for duly-cleared candidates.”
Iduoriyekemwen also expressed readiness to forward the telephone number of his committee member, through whom the pledge of the N10m offer was announced to the leadership of the panel.