Department of the state security service, DSS arrested a man who it was believed was paying off people in exchange for their votes at one of the polling stations in Anambra yesterday.
The man who is believed to be a professor was arrested at the Community Primary School, Amawbia, in Awka and was immediately escorted into a standby Hilux.
He later identified himself as, Mr Ifedioranma Nwaana, a professor, and went on to vindicate his actions.
According to him, he’s a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and only came to convince people on why it’s important to vote their candidate, the incumbent Governor Willie Obiano.
“We tried to induce people and convince them to vote for APGA because I am convinced about APGA, I did all I could to make sure that people voted for APGA but not on the election day”, he said.
He said APGA persuaded voters “by explanation, by everything that is required”, but when asked whether they also shared money, he said: “I don’t know, that’s not what Channels TV should ask me – that’s for politics and we played the politics well.”
The retired lecturer, however, denied claims that he was at the polling unit with money to entice residents who have come to exercise their franchise.
He admitted that about N300,000 was in his car but argued that it was not meant to be distributed to voters but for payment of APGA agents who he said have been working tirelessly for the party.
“I’m sorry, it is not correct (that he brought the money to the polling unit). Maybe somebody told him that and he believed – he (the DSS official) cannot say that he saw me giving anybody money because I have not given anybody money,” Nwanna said.
“I brought money here, my party said we should pay our agents a certain amount of allowance for doing the job because they will be standing under the sun.
“As one of the old stakeholders in the ward and whom they can trust, they (the party leaders) say I should have the money and come and pay those boys, and that is the money I still have.”
“They asked me what I had the money for and I explained to them. I didn’t give anybody money. The money was in the car, if I come here and find out that they are doing the job, I will go and give them the money. It’s for my party agents, not for anybody,” he reiterated.
The Lecturer was later released since he’s story sounded convincing.