Tue. Dec 20th, 2022


Ahead of the  2023 general elections, Nigerians have been called upon to reject any monetary inducement  and report same to INEC and law enforcement agencies.

The INEC chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who made the call  while addressing stakeholders summit on the influence of money on the 2023 general elections in Abuja noted that elections are not  business ventures but an application to serve the people.

Prof Yakubu pointed out  that when money is negatively used during elections ,it makes the emergence of right candidates difficult,  undermines electoral adjudication as well as electoral process.

The INEC boss explained that apart from collaborating with relevant institutions to sanitize and strengthen the conduct of the 2023 general  elections, the commission has introduced some measures to overcome purchase of PVC from voters before elections and vote  buying on the election day.

He pointed out that beavers, electronic transmission of election results as well as public display of polling unit results through INEC Result Viewing, IRV, have come to stay. 

In his speech, the Director General Nigerian Broadcasting Commission , Mallam Balarabe Ilelah while stating the relevant laws on how media outfits should carry out election  programmes during  electioneering period admonished Broadcast houses to beware of monies they collect for adverts .

He charged them not to allow their platforms to be used by politicians and their parties to cause unrest in  the country.

Mallam Ilelah stressed the need for them to keep records of every transaction as NBC will always come for monitoring.

In their separate speeches the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba represented by the AIG operations Bala Ciroma, and the chairman EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa represented by his chief of staff, Hadiza Gamawa noted that free, fair and credible election remains the foundation for accountable governance .

They urged Nigerians desirous of better future to make choices not to be influenced by money, assuring of their commitment to ensure successful 2023 general elections.

BCA Abuja Area Correspondent, China Mba reports that the DG BCA Sir Anyaso Anyaso was present at the Summit.

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