2019: EFCC Warns Vote Merchant

Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has warned vote merchants to stay clear of polling units. The warning is coming following complain by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mamood Yakubu over recent open buying of votes at polling units. The EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu who warned Nigerians planning to buy votes at polling units, said as a Nigerian, he will support INEC to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2019. “I am prepared to collaborate and work with INEC. I am ready to stand by you 24hours whenever our services are needed,” the EFCC chairman said while warning vote merchants to stay clear of the polling units in 2019. “We are all Nigerians. Every Nigerian has the responsibility to fight corruption. Every Nigerian should join me in the fight against corruption. Corruption is a disaster, it has done too much damages in the country. Corruption is the worse enemy of Nigeria, it is evil. Register for election to exercise your civic duty with a view to fighting corruption,” Magu said. The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu had complained about the recent trend of open vote buying while soliciting the EFCC’s support. Yakubu said: The recent trend of open‎ votes buying at polling stations is worrying. Only votes of citizens should determine who wins in an election.” “I want to ‎assure Nigerians that INEC will remain an unbiased umpire. We will not work for any candidate or party, we will not work against any candidate or party,” Yakubu said. According to the INEC chairman, “We are here to work for Nigerian people. And on Election Day, the votes they cast will determine who wins or loses the election.” “The EFCC has an important role to play and we have been collaborating with the commission.


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