Vote Buying: EFCC, INEC, NOA Present As Group Holds Sensitization Rally In Kaduna

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    Grassroot Corruption Fighters sensitization rally against vote buying in Kaduna on January 17, 2018. Photo: BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

    By KATONP. LADAN, Kaduna

    In its bid at ensuring that electorate do not sell their votes in the forthcoming elections, a group, Grassroots Corruption Fighters, has staged a sensitization rally in Kaduna metropolis.
    The rally, which attracted thousands of participants saw the train kick off at the Murtala Mohammed Square, move through Independence Way, Waff Road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Alkali Road and back to Murtala Square where it terminated.

    In an interview with newsmen,  National Coordinator of Grassroots Corruption Fighters, Mubarak Umar said it was organised to sensitize the public on dangers of vote buying. 
    “The grassroots need to be sensitized on dangers of vote buying. The implications of selling votes is that if you sell your PVC, it could be dumped at a crime scene and you don’t have anything to say to deny involvement.
    “We know what we want. It is our right to use our PVC to vote. Its my right I shouldn’t let anybody deceive me. Anybody that has PVC should know that it is more than cash. 
    “He should consider that PVC is what will give him health, water, education and all other basic social amenities. Consider the PVC as a weapon to use in voting in credible candidates,” he added.
    Umar explained that they  are collaborating with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  (EFCC), National Orientation Agency  (NOA) and other NGOs interested in building democracy in organising the sensitization rally.
    INEC representative at the rally,, Auwal Mohammed Mashi who is the Kaduna State  Administrative Secretary said that the group is doing the right thing.
    “We believe their objectives are good and they are coming at the right time close to the election,” he added. 
    Present at the rally were top EFCC officials, including Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to EFCC Chairman, Mr. Tony Amokeodo, representatives of security agencies,  judicuary and INEC officials.

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