Vote Buying, A Threat To Credible Poll – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has reiterated its commitment to address the negative role of money in the electioneering process.

he Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, stated this in Abuja at a stakeholders summit aimed at addressing the influence of money on the 2023 general election.

In his welcome address, Yakubu lamented the activities of money bags whom he said, were desperate to compromise the will of the people at every election cycle, adding however that in collaboration with security agencies, the Commission would do everything possible to ensure that money would not be used to subvert the will of the people in the 2023 elections.

He reminded political merchants that elections were not business ventures aimed at making profits, but civilised means of selecting leaders at the various tiers of government.

Meanwhile, Yakubu disclosed the readiness of the commission to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with transport owners/stakeholders today (Monday) for the supply of vehicles during the elections

On his part, the Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council and the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Party, Sani Yabagi, called on Nigerians to rally round only candidates capable of repositioning the country rather than politicians desirous of buying their way to power.

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