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2019: West Africa Gathers To Fight Vote Buying In Nigeria

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A group of political parties under the aegis of West African Association of Political Parties (WAAPP) has inaugurated what it termed “Political Parties Board” (PPB) ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. The group, which is made up of mostly National Financial Secretaries of registered political parties, CSOs, professionals, among others has been tasked to fight vote-buying and selling, and will also serve as a watchdog of democracy in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of the body in Abuja, the association’s president, Chief Perry Opara charged members to be steadfast and committed to the assigned task. Describing vote buying as a menace that must be fought with vigour, Opara said: “Vote buying in Nigeria has become a scourge that must be fought and stopped in Nigeria and elsewhere in the West African Sub-Region.

“In the past, politicians gave some inducement to voters to woo them to vote for them during elections. Such inducement were like rice, drinks but today, the PVC has become a meal ticket of sorts. It is bad.” In his remarks, the WAAPP’s country representative of Ghana, Mr Desmond Ntow charged Nigerian politicians to eschew bitterness and come together in the fight against vote buying and selling in Nigeria and West Africa.



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