Farida’s Hubby In Election Rigging Mess, Denies Receiving N80m From Wife

Senator Jauji Waziri, the husband of Mrs. Farida Waziri, boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commisison, EFCC, has been accused of rigging the Gombe South Senatorial Zone bye-election as senatorial candidate of PDP.

•Jauji Waziri

The election, which Waziri won, was held on 21 August. It has been trailed by reports of rigging and other malpractices. He was accused of collecting N80 million from his wife, Farida, to spend on his election.

Former military head of state, General Muhammed Buhari, yesterday alleged that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, colluded with the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to rig the elections held in Bauchi and Gombe states.

Buhari said the INEC officials reduced the bye-elections to a money spinning business.

However, Senator Waziri has denied that he got N80 million from his wife to sponsor his election.

Senator Waziri who spoke to P.M.News on phone debunked the allegation that his wife gave him the money to sponsor his election to the Senate in the just concluded bye-election.

He said that the allegation was the handiwork of mischief makers, adding that the EFCC Chairman does not have such money.

“Tell me where she will get the money from,” Waziri fumed.

Senator Waziri, who defeated the other two candidates, Achana Gaius of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and Barrister Abisha Anderiya of CPC, said that he was not a new comer in the Senate, having been elected twice as a member to the Constitutional Conference and once elected senator. He said he does not require such money to win an election.

He added that he had been in politics for over 30 years, pointing out that his election was through the mandate of his people who feel he is a worthy representative.

On the allegation that he separated from his wife, the EFCC Boss, but later reconciled after her appointment, Waziri also debunked this, saying it was also the handiwork of mischief makers.

“They are stupid. Look I got married to Farida 40 years ago and we have lived together as my only wife,” he fumed.

On the allegation that the August 21 bye-election was characterized by rigging, manipulations and electoral malpractices, Waziri insisted the election was free and fair.

Meanwhile, Achana Gaius of ACN and Abisha Anderiya of CPC have vowed to challenge the outcome of the bye-elections in court.

Gaius told P.m.news that the conduct of the election had put INEC to test whether there will be free and fair election in 2010.

“We say we have a credible INEC Chairman in the person of Prof. Jega but what I witnessed during the election was a clear indication that Jega may not guarantee this nation free and fair elections in 2010,” he said.

P.m.news reports that there was general outcry from members of the public that the two senatorial bye-elections was full of manipulations by both the Gombe State government and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

—Ben Adaji/Jalingo


  1. Lexy

    We just have to keep watch on PDP cause all their plan is to rig the election. Also my advice to Jega is that he should never allow PDP to buy him over this going to dagerous for him. He should do the right thing. No how if he takes money from PDP or he allow them to use him, he will blame him self. This is very dangerous game & he should play very neat game. Jega have to thing twise before he does any thing that will tarnish his good name. He shoul know that every body is going to watch all rolls & all activitys during the election. Jega you must play a honest game. PDP is dangerous party & majority of Nigerians want a change of their lifes.

  2. Law

    What does an old frail man like Waziri still require in the senate? This man ought to retire and allow those with the required energy to carry out this task. It is obvious that if this election is not overturn, then we shall be having another senator who will hardly be available to his people. God help us!

  3. Bakin Zuwo

    Jega ‘s performance will be worse than all the former INEC Chiefs’ performances. He’s a rogue with the face of a saint and the posture of the Pope

  4. dayo fasola

    If the election was throughly rigged as alleged, that shows that the politicians were not ready for free and fair election in nigeria. please ppl shuold stop blaming the INEC chairman for rigging because the man cant be everywhere.
    Lastly, stopping rigging in nigeria will take a long time except the present leaders are not allow to perticipates in the process. thanks.



  6. olukunle kuye

    If Jega’s integrity is being queried this early, then we have reproduced another Iwu. I then wonder what Ayoka Adebayo will do under such an election rigging enabler. We live in interesting times.

  7. kunle peters


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