Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, says vote buying needs to be eradicated first during primaries before it can be eradicated during main elections. Mahmood said this on Monday during a public hearing organized by the National Assembly on improving electoral processes in Nigeria.
He explained that there were instances where candidates induced voters by stylishly giving them money. According to him, in order to bring an end vote buying, first, the menace of voter inducement has to be tackled.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in his remark says vote buying has left Nigerians in a state of unmitigated disaster. According to him, the nation’s democracy has become stagnant – a situation he believes can only change for the better if sharp practices in elections are eliminated.