James Onoja, the council chairman of Igalamela Local Government Area in Kogi State, was reportedly arrested by security operatives on Saturday.
The arrest involved the discovery of ammunition and a substantial amount of cash packed in ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags, allegedly intended for use during the elections.
A viral video captures the suspects, including the council chairman, expressing regrets and seeking forgiveness while sitting on the floor near an army checkpoint.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, William Ovye, did not respond to inquiries at the time of filing this report.
The incident adds to the series of allegations surrounding vote-buying and challenges in the ongoing elections, prompting calls for cancellation by some political figures, including Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party.