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IMO: APC guber primary panel chairman Gulak reveals how he was offered $2m bribe

IMO: APC guber primary panel chairman Gulak reveals how he was offered $2m bribe

Ahmed Gulak, chairman of the panel that conducted the governorship primary in Imo State for the All Progressives Congress (APC) says he was offered $2 million bribe to manipulate the primary.

Gulak, a former adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, says an unnamed person offered him $2 million and a private jet flight to Imo State before the primary began.

In an interview with Vanguard, Gulak said he was nearly “kidnapped” alongside members of the panel when they arrived Imo.

“…Even before I went to Imo state, I was offered a private jet to take me to Imo state but I refused because I didn’t want to be compromised,” he was quoted as saying.

“I refused the private jet and even the tempting offer made to me, very tempting, we are talking about two million dollars here, which I refused.

“Although, I tried to persuade them that I was going to do what is needful, free and fair primaries. Every stakeholder must be involved.

“Immediately we landed at the airport, that was where the problem started. They wanted to kidnap every member and only God knows where they wanted to take us to, which I refused.”

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Gulak also alleged that the governor forced members of the electoral panel to declare Nwosu winner of the primary.

Nwosu had been announced winner before the NWC cancelled the exercise.

According to Gulak, “after the collation, few others and myself escaped from where we would have been conscripted. The governor himself came to take everybody in the hotel but before he arrived, about four of us escaped and he moved other members including the secretary.

“He took them to government house and they read a prepared speech declaring his son in-law the winner of that exercise. But I had already left Owerri for Abuja where I submitted my result”.

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