General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state of the Nigerian military, has pleaded with Nigerians not to participate in vote-buying and vote-selling during the approaching 2023 elections.
In an interview with reporters at his Hill-Top home in Minna as part of celebrations for Nigeria’s 62nd anniversary of independence, Abubakar made the appeal.
He emphasized that the abominable behavior would have an unpredictable impact on the election and encouraged all Nigerians to band together to put an end to the custom.
He bemoaned the fact that certain people in the nation are still buying and selling votes in spite of requests.
He said, “there are some setbacks, some electorates are still selling their votes, and the politicians are still encouraging the selling and buying of votes. I hope the electorates will bear in mind that it is their franchise to ensure that they vote for people of calibre and their choice. And for God sake, nobody should go and sell his vote.
“Don’t sell your franchise. I am happy some people are realizing and educating other people not to sell their votes.”
He also urged political candidates to desist from smear campaign, adding that campaign of tolerance is the way to go.
“Since 1999 politicians and indeed, Nigerians have been strengthening democracy and of course, there are pitfalls as we go along. We made mistakes and gradually our politicians are correcting these mistakes and the politicians are also learning by the day,” he added.
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