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While 48 governor candidates from 48 political parties are pushing for 1246 915 votes in Osun's gubernatorial election on Saturday (today), some of the candidates and their political partners have developed new means and tactics to persuade voters to vote.

Saturday's PUNCH investigation found that representatives of at least one of the candidates used the WhatsApp social media platform to persuade holders of permanent voter cards based in the Osun state to sell their votes.

This was despite attempts by the Independent National Electoral Commission to curb the purchase and sale of votes, especially in the Osun elections.

Verifications by our correspondents showed that the candidates' employees skillfully hid their identity.

To track the identity of the buyers and the politicians they worked for, one of our correspondents linked an online link, which in turn linked him to a WhatsApp number 08120569530, where he was asked a number of questions to determine whether he actually a permanent election card and if he was an Osun State indigenous.

The administrator later promised that on election day at 6 o'clock in the morning N10,000 would be deposited in the account number of our correspondent. The correspondent was asked to send his account details, age, city, department, and unit to receive the amount.


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