Obaseki vs Ize-Iyamu: CNPP reveals how Buhari Govt is buying votes
Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has condemned what it described as vote buying by proxy by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The CNPP said that Buhari government must refrain from acts capable of killing the country’s democracy.
This was contained in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu and made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday.
The conference of political parties pointed at the acts benevolence by the Buhari administration during campaign periods, noting that this has gone beyond coincidences to becoming a suspicious vote buying by proxy as is being witnessed in Edo State.
It further called on the international community to seriously take note of the strategies of the ruling APC which according to the CNPP, have continued to kill democracy since the historic election that brought the party into office in 2015.
“At least, the PDP could be forgiven for coming to a realisation that election rigging will kill the country’s democracy and gave Nigeria the most transparent election in the history of Africa in 2015, leading to the defeat of a sitting President who was also a candidate in the election.
“The ordinary Nigerian electorate who believed in the change mantra of the APC voted the then opposition party into office, reasoning that the party, with the anti-corruption disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari, will leave up to its promise to do things differently.
“Alas, five years down the line, Nigerians are now counting their losses rather than gains. APC is gradually killing all other political parties in the country.
“We must recall that even with the level of election rigging under the PDP led federal government before the globally celebrated 2015 general election that brought the APC to power, smaller political parties were able to win governorship elections in states like Abia, Ondo, Edo, Anambra, to mention a few states.
“However, since the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government have been conducting elections, opposition parties have been at the receiving end as the PDP and APC member can no longer be distinguished with their level of cross carpeting at the slightest convenience, and the result is the stunted democracy and a dying opposition parties that cannot win elections, not because they don’t have strong candidates but for the singular reason that they cannot afford to buy votes.
Source: Daily Post Nigeria