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INEC to tackle vote buying, money influence in politics

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed its commitment to address the detrimental impact of money on the electioneering process during the forthcoming general election.

The Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu said this on Monday in Abuja at a stakeholders summit to discuss the impact of money on the general election of 2023.

In his welcome speech, Yakubu bemoaned the actions of moneybags, who, in his words, were desperate to undermine the will of the people at every election cycle.

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He added, however, that the Commission would work with security agencies to make every effort to prevent the use of money to undermine the will of the people in the elections of 2023.

He reminded political businessmen that elections were civilized ways to choose leaders for the various levels of government, not profitable business endeavors.

In the meantime, Yakubu stated that the commission was prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with stakeholders in the transportation industry today (Monday) for the provision of vehicles during the elections.

Sani Yabagi, the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council and the African Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, called on Nigerians to support only candidates who can reposition the nation rather than politicians looking to buy their way to power.

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