Two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bauchi State, Saleh Gamawa and Aminu Gadiya, have been sentenced to two years in prison over an attempt to influence the 2015 election.

Justice Hassan Dikko of a Federal High Court in Bauchi convicted and jailed the duo on a two-count of conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of 142.4 million naira proffered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Saturday, said Justice Dikko convicted the duo on March 2.

He noted that the defendants were first arraigned on June 4, 2018 and re-arraigned on October 16, 2018 on a two-count for allegedly receiving the said money to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections in Bauchi State.

Uwujaren said the judge consequently sentenced the first and second defendants to two years imprisonment at the Bauchi Correctional Service or a fine of 3 million naira each in lieu of imprisonment on count one; while the first defendant bagged a further two years imprisonment or a fine of 3 million naira in lieu of imprisonment on count two.

The sentences are to run concurrently from March 2, 2023.

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