The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani has warned against vote buying and political thuggery as the country gears towards the 2023 general elections.
According to Rafsanjani, vote trading is a disturbing trend among both leaders and followers.
He was speaking at a stakeholders’ consultative forum hosted by CISLAC in Yola, Adamawa State on “Political Accountability and Political Party Financing”.
He said: “The problem here is that the electoral process is often compromised resulting in elections not being free and fair. if left unchecked, will jeopardise the democratic process in Nigeria.”
The CISLAC boss further appealed to stakeholders such as anti-graft agencies, the media and CSOs to make sure they play their role in implementing voter sensitisation and mobilisation, to ensure that electorates are adequately prepared to contribute towards credible elections.
He emphasised the need for transparency in the political process, the need to advocate for the enforcement of the laws guiding political party financing and the demerits of vote trading.
The Director of Legal, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Amina Elelu Ahmed, further buttressed the point that the agency will be using its offices across all local governments to sensitise citizens on the dangers of vote buying and political thuggery in the country.
Also speaking during the meeting, a representative of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Saliu Hassan, said that the commission is also putting all apparatus in place to make sure that electoral processes are transparent and accountable so as to have a corrupt free Nigeria.