The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has warned against vote-buying during Saturday’s presidential elections.
It alleged that some countries in collaboration with some politicians and suspected looters planned to bring in foreign currencies to induce voters and undermine the elections.
The acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, promised to reward any Nigerian with useful information leading to the arrest of culprits, saying that the reward was in accordance with the Whistle Blowing policy.
“We also have intelligence reports on the plans by some countries in collaboration with some politicians and looters to bring in foreign currencies to induce voters and undermine the elections.
“But our operatives in collaboration with sister agencies are doing everything possible to block the illicit funds and ensure credible polls in the country. It is our collective duty to resist attempts to corrupt our electoral process by exposing the evil perpetrators,” Magu stated.
He said investigations and intelligence have revealed that certain corrupt politicians were plotting to pollute the electoral process with illicit and looted funds.
According to him, Section 124 of the Electoral Act, 2010 states that any person bribing the electorate at any election was liable to a punishment of N500, 000 fine or 12 months imprisonment or both upon conviction.
“We seize this opportunity to state that that EFCC in collaboration with INEC will reward any patriotic citizen that provides authentic information leading to the apprehension of any culprit of vote buying in accordance with the Whistle Blowing Policy,” the Commission boss added.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, #OurMumuDondo movement in collaboration with the Ford Foundation, has presented the Nigerian Social Contract which it described as a tool for promoting good governance in the country.
Leader of the movement, Charly boy, said the document would galvanize the people to hold their leaders accountable to their electoral promises, noting that the Nigerian Social Contract was meant to sensitise the electorate about their responsibilities and rights.
The activist said his movement would mobilise the youths and women across the country to demand good governance and ensure that the government at all levels provided the necessary services.
He said, “It is in line with the 2019 general elections in Nigeria that the social contract is being proposed as a model for reviewing and determining the commitment of politicians and political parties in the Nigerian polity. With this social contract initiative, we intend to improve citizens’ participation in the democratic process as well as increase the trust of the electorates in the electoral process.”