By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
A female member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state has been apprehended by the state police command for allegedly enticing some citizens of the state into exchanging their voters’ card with the Federal Government poverty alleviation programme, Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P’s) appointment.
The middle age woman identified as Toyin Adesina, who is currently cooling off in the police cell was picked at the weekend at Ward 2, Ikirun in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state while allegedly perpetrating the act.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that luck ran out on the suspect when she approached a neighbour for the ‘barter’ but the neighbour who perceived the deal as illegal raised alarm by reporting the development to the chieftains of the ruling party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the area who immediately alerted security operatives.
It was further learnt that Adesina was promising the unsuspecting neighbours a substantial sum of money should they volunteer to perfect the deal along with her.
Adesina, was gathered to have demanded for the voters’ card in order to compile the serial numbers on the voters’ card for duplication and attempt to rig the forthcoming 2014 governorship election in the state.
During a chat with journalists at the police station, the suspect explained that her political party (PDP) was planning an empowerment programme for its members through SURE-P and that the leadership wants to be sure of the authenticity of members that would benefit from the gesture.
She further noted that at the sensitization rally carried from house to house, they were asking the would-be beneficiaries to bring their voters’ card to be sure of the genuine members of the party and that she was observing before a neighbour raised an alarm which led to her arrest.
While describing the allegation against her as false and fabricated, Adesina said that it was not done in the secret but in the open.
To this end, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs. Folashade Odoro when contacted for comment, confirmed the matter saying that the command is investigating the issue just as she assured that the police will get to the root of the matter.