The Kwara state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mallam Garba Attahiru Madami has disclosed that millions of naira were brought to him to compromise the Kwara state National Assembly elections which he resisted.
According to him; “There was pressure to compromise, money, millions of naira was brought to me to manipulate results but I was determined not to compromise. There was pressure but I choose the part of honor instead of money.”
Speaking with newsmen in an interactive session in Minna on Monday, Madami however refused to say who tried to induce him with money to compromise the elections.
He said that he had to use the Department of State Security (DSS) and the swapping strategy to ensure that his staff did not compromise in the elections.
The REC said that while taking up the job as the INEC Commissioner in Kwara state, he was aware that the General elections would be a dicey one, “I was determined that nothing will manipulate me in anyway. I knew Kwara state was in the eye of the world and I was determined to be the one who will make Nigeria proud in conducting free, fair and transparent elections the state had ever had.”
He declared that INEC is truly independent adding that the last general elections have shown the independence of INEC.
“INEC is truly independent, very independent. The INEC Chairman is one who leads by example.”