The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it will deploy undercover agents to check vote buying during Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja, said the agency had held talks with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on plans to check vote buying in Kogi and Bayelsa.
Owasanoye stated that: “Shortly after the federal elections in May, we did a dialogue on vote buying. We did a rigorous analysis of vote buying, how it happens and what we can do to mitigate it.
“ICPC is closely working with INEC. We are planted within the communities. So, if you go there to do your work there on Election Day as a journalist, you may not necessarily see an ICPC person branded but he or she is there.
“We are trying to understand how this works in order to enforce. So, we have been having meetings with INEC and we will be in the communities. Less visible, ghost but we are there.
“We are also doing some public enlightenment in those two particular states. Just today, I reviewed a radio jingle which would alert people to know that we would be there with them but we will not be seen. It is a fact; I am not just saying it.

Demola Adejuwon