By Dorcas Jonah
A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has called on politicians to shun vote buying and concentrate on issues that would attract votes from the electorate.
The Executive Director of Advocacy for Good Ethics and Accountability for Development, Mr Henry Thomas, made the called at a sensitisation Programme tagged “Vote in Peace“ on Wednesday in Abuja.
Thomas called on the electorate to vote based on competence of the candidates.
He said that it was wrong for politicians to prioritise vote-buying at the expense of quality representation.
Thomas said Nigeria was among the most peaceful countries in the world but the story changed over time, due to bad leadership, religious and ethnic sentiments.
“Nigeria as a country has no business with poverty which has been the major reason for the insecurity in the country.
“Nigeria is a country that God has blessed with almost everything except good leadership.
“The political class have been very united in disuniting the citizens and the instruments for which they have successfully perpetrated this unholy act are religion, language and ethnicity,” he said.
“The future of this country is not in the hands of any political party, it is not in the hands of any individual but it is in the hands of the people of Nigeria,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to vote rightfully and should not sell their votes.
In a remark, the President of a Civil Society Group for Good Governance, Mr Ogaku Dominic called for stringent measures to check the menace of vote trading during the 2023 general elections.
Also speaking, Presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Omoyele Sowore, expressed concerns over the destruction of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s facilities in some parts of the country.
Sowore urged politicians to desist from actions that could raise anxiety culminating in electoral violence during the campaigns in next year general elections. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Joseph Edeh