INEC and EFCC Partnership Will Check Excessive Money During Election – IPAC
The Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has reiterated that the collaboration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) would sanitize the use of excessive money in the political terrain during elections.
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Kukuri made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu on Friday. According to him, the new tie will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy by limiting the excessive use of money by politicians during elections.
His comment came just after the announcement of a collaborative meeting between INEC and EFCC on Thursday in Abuja. He also lamented that the excessive use of money in politics had denied the citizens of the country good hands for national development.
According to him, the partnership between the two commissions will check excessive use of funds during elections and eliminate investors in politics who see it as a business rather than a mission to serve the people. He said, “The partnership is expected to sanitize the use of excessive money, and this will give the opportunity to credible candidates with national interest but lack resources to buy votes, to win elections.”
The chairman further described as “unfortunate’’ the unchecked cases of politicians who throng polling units with money or food to buy votes during elections. “It is very sad that some politicians nearly institutionalized the corruption of buying votes both in cash and in kind to win elections,” he said.
“The infamous stomach infrastructure politics recorded in previous elections in parts of the country where rice bags bearing party logo and pictures of candidates were shared to voters on election queues was quite disturbing.”He commended INEC and EFCC for the partnership to fight corruption in electioneering so as to build Nigeria’s democracy.”
Kukuri, therefore, urged all the political parties to join hands to fight against corruption in the electoral process “for clean and acceptable elections and growth of democracy in Nigeria’’.
Nigeria News had also earlier reported another collaborative effort between the EFCC and JAMB in order to sanitize the educational sector against corruption and examination malpractices