DPP Wants Stakeholders To Partner INEC Against Vote-Buying


The Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has urged stakeholders in the electoral process to partner Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to tackle vote-buying in the forthcoming Osun Governorship election and 2019 general elections.
National Chairman of the party, Mr Gershom Benson, made the call at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party at the weekend in Abuja.
Benson said that vote-buying had become worrisome in Nigeria’s electoral system and must be tackled by all stakeholders to enable best candidate to emerge in an election.
“The issue of vote-buying played a role in Edo, Ekiti and other recent elections. All stakeholders must come together to tackle it.
“Somebody is buying and somebody is selling. INEC is not forcing anybody to buy or sell vote.
“It is the electorate that is helping those who are buying by selling their votes; if nobody is selling nobody will buy.”
Benson said that DPP, as a party friendly to youths and women, was preparing to present credible candidates for various positions for 2019 general elections. He, however, called on INEC to allow a level-playing ground for all candidates and political parties in Osun and 2019.
“INEC is doing is best but we are appealing that it should do more. Nigerians are expecting a level-playing ground for all candidates and political parties.” Benson also advised the Federal Government to address the issue of rising unemployment and decaying infrastructure across the country.
“We are pleading with the Federal Government that now that the budget has been passed, it should use the remaining period of the budget to address some of those challenges.”
Benson condemned recent incidents in the country, including the blockade of the National Assembly and siege on residents of the leaders of the Senate by security personnel.