Two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bauchi State, Aminu Umar Gadiya and Saleh Hussaini Gamawa have been convicted by a Federal High Court, Bauchi and sentenced to two years imprisonment for offences that bordered on conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of N142, 460,000.00.
On March 2, Justice Hassan Dikko found the defendants guilty of the two counts laid against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Wilson Uwujaren, the INEC’s head of media and publicity, revealed this in a statement on Saturday.
The defendants were initially charged on June 4, 2018, and then again on October 16, 2018, with two counts for allegedly accepting more than N142 million to sway the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections in Bauchi State.
The sentences of the duo are to run concurrently starting from March 2, 2023.
The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, setting the stage for the case to proceed to full trial.
However, at the close of evidence, the final written addresses were filed, exchanged and adopted on January 17, this year, with the prosecution asking the court to convict the defendants as charged.
Justice Dikko, however, reserved judgment for March 2, 2023.