It was revealed that 21 cards were recovered from the councillor. A source said most of the PVCs were owned by women in the area, and that each card was bought for between fifteen and twenty thousand naira.
Some APC youths in the area supposedly raised the alarm when they spotted the councillor trying to make copies of the PVCs at a business centre.
The APC members reportedly accosted him and handed him to the police, and he was taken to the state command of the police for investigation.
However, a new twist was added to the arrest of the PDP councillor as members of opposition political parties accused the police of “summarily releasing the suspect few hours after he was arrested”
Addressing newsmen, the chairman of the Katsina state chapter of the Labour Party, Shafiu Salmanu, said officials of other opposition political parties had approached the police over the matter.
Salmanu said the parties were disappointed to note that the accused was released by the police a few hours after his arrest,“suggesting that we can’t have confidence on the police to safeguard law and order”.
Flanked by officials of other political parties in the state including the APC and the NCP, Salmanu urged the police to investigate the matter and prosecute all those involved so as to ensure the security of the electoral process.
When contacted, a police spokesman Aminu Sadiq said the police were yet to ascertain the true identity of the person arrested, but are still investigating.