In the wake of several reports of electoral malpractice and voter suppression that marred the just-concluded gubernatorial and house of assembly elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the country, Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi has come out to share his thoughts on the ongoing allegations of vote-buying at various Polling Units in Anambra.
Speaking to news correspondents shortly after casting his vote in his hometown of Agulu on Saturday, Obi tackled candidates who engage in the act, adding that he has never paid anybody directly or indirectly to support his political ambition.
Going further, the former Anambra governor argued that any candidate who intends to buy votes to get into office, will certainly not work for the people.
"Well, as you know, I don't participate in vote-buying. I have never paid anybody to vote for me. I don't think that will solve the problem of Nigeria or any state for that matter. I have never paid anybody to vote and I will never do it because I am going to work. If, as a candidate, you are going to work, then you don't need to pay people to vote for you. If I want to work, then why will I pay people to vote for me?
As for those who are paying for it, maybe they are going there to do something different. I don't do transactional politics. Now that people don't see money in the bank, if they (politicians) give them (electorates) money, they should collect it and go and eat because they can't see it in the bank and they are frustrated. Whatever they do, fine. But I am not a part of it and I will never do it. All I have said is that the people should vote for credible candidates."
SOURCE: YouTube (Forward video to 0:33).
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