February 4, 2023

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2023: ADC presidential candidate Kachukwu duties INEC, CSOs on cash politics, vote shopping for


Barely 4 months to the 2023 normal elections, the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mr Dumebi Kachukwu, has stated although he’s frightened concerning the alarm raised by the Coalition of United Political Events (CUPP), on alleged plot to compromise the electoral system, the best problem to subsequent yr’s elections is the risk posed by cash politics and vote shopping for.

Kachukwu who accused politicians of weaponising poverty argued that it could be troublesome for any person who bas been hungry for days to refuse cash in change of his/her vote.

The presidential candidate additionally predicted that terrorists would search to make to the nation ungovernable as the final elections inches shut.

Talking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Kachikwu known as the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and Civil Society organisations (CSOs) to accentuate their campaigns in opposition to vote shopping for and the usage of cash throughout elections.

He stated, “In response to the CUPP allegation, they’re allegations, are we frightened concerning the electoral course of, are we frightened of compromise of BVAS and what have you ever? Sure, we’re frightened however I feel the most important problem we have now with the 2023 normal elections is the function of cash. We see what’s already happening and poverty has been weaponised in Nigeria. 

“The fact is that due to the extent of poverty, on election day, any person who has not eaten for 2 days and sees N5,000 or N10, 000, do you anticipate the particular person to not take that cash. That’s what we should be speaking about. 

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“That is what INEC must be speaking about. That is what civil society organisation ought to be speaking about. That’s the best risk to elections – The function of cash and what these folks will do. I let you know one thing. 

“You realize they’ve the cash, they comprehend it’s going to be a cash contest. They’re ready for the cash contest. The individual that has the deepest pocket so far as they’re involved is probably going going to be the winner of the final elections. 

“This occurs as a result of we enable those that are on the decrease wrung of the ladder to proceed to dictate for us who’s the president of Nigeria. We’ve 40 million Nigerians who don’t want that cash, who are usually not as financially challenged, who refuse to vote. Have been they to train their Democratic franchise on this subsequent election, belief me, Nigeria will change. 

“I don’t agree with the safety evaluation that political actions elevating insecurity in Nigeria. What’s going to occur is the terrorists who’ve invaded our nation they’ll search to make Nigeria ungovernable. As you attempt to have actions happening, as folks journey extra, you see extra assaults. 

“You noticed occurred in Edo state with the pastor the opposite day, you noticed what occurred with senator Ifeanyi Ubah. That is just the start. You see much more of this as they search to make the nation ungovernable. What they realised is that you just include as many policemen as doable who’re in escort automobiles and you’ve got the principal in a bullet proof automobile, they take out your policemen. 

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“They know you’d escape. What are they saying. They’re sending a message to safety brokers. Take a look at your life is in danger. It should get to the purpose the place safety brokers should you ask them to exit, they’ll decline as a result of they’re uncovered. These folks will search to make Nigeria ungovernable.

“Sadly the federal government in energy at the moment is so clueless. They only wish to hand over a destroyed nation and make their escape. Do we have now elections subsequent yr, I pray we do , what could be the state of the nation as we method the election, solely God Is aware of until we pray that  our safety companies are capable of comprise this”, he stated.