Kogi election: Bello allegedly paid aspirants N5 million each to step down

Mr. Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state Governor is alleged to have bribed party aspirants in the state November 16 election with the sum of N5 million each to step down for him.

SaharaReporters claims to have obtained an audio conversation of how Bello offered to bribe to each of the aspirants with the sum of N5 million for them to step down for him.

A deal Mr. Peter Ameh, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), is alleged to be perfecting on behalf of Mr. Bello, the governor. 

Under the deal, the governor works to ensure candidates disqualified as a result of age do not approach the court to protest the disqualification, but rather step down and throw their support behind him.

The Nigeria electoral management body, Independent National Electoral Commission –INEC had disqualified some of the aspirants based on age limit.

An action Bello is alleged to have bribed the disqualified aspirants with the sum of N5million each not to contest their disqualification and step down for him.

This newspaper learned that two candidates, Natasha Akpoti, of the Social Democratic Party-SDP and Yusuf Dantalle refused to collect Bello bribe.

The money was alleged to have been given to IPAC Chairman to share to the aspirants and ensure the deal is perfected.

Worried by the decision of Akpoti and Dantalle not to collect the money and proceed to the contest, IPAC chairman called Dantalle in a telephone and threatened that he will lose both election and the N5milion, asking him to collect the money in order not to lose at both ends. 

A source who disclosed the deal said, they cannot approach Akpoti and that is why both IPAC chairman and Bello camp are furious.

WEST AFRICA REPORTERS had earlier published a story how Akpoti has accused Bello, INEC, and APC of plotting to disqualify her from the contest.

When WAR sought the explanation of Bello, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, his Director Media and Publicity declined to comment.

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