Peter Obi, a former governor of the state of Anambra, has alleged cases of vote- buying in the ongoing elections in Anambra. This was reported by RipplesNigeria.
Obi made these allegations during an interview with reporters in Awka on Monday, when the Independent National Electoral Commission scheduled additional elections for Tuesday in the Ihiala local government area.
Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Grand Alliance of All Progressives (APGA) candidate for governor, Charles Soludo, had been declared the winner in 18 LGAs.
The state of Anambra has 21 LGAs.
Obi, however, in his statement was pessimistic about the country’ s future based on reported incidents of vote- buying.
” There is no hope in this land. I strongly and consistently insist not to be part of the money- sharing, even if my family will vote against me for it.
” I’ ve traveled the world and studied developments, no successful and fruitful democracy chooses its leaders on the basis of common money. This crude practice turns character, leaders, and their manifestos into nonsense.
” Let me give you an example with the Ayamelum local government area of the state. The only road infrastructure in this local government, as well as its headquarters, was built by me, so I spent over N7 billion. Give them N10, 000 through N20. 000 each to vote? Isn’ t it absurd?
This came after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) issued a subpoena to the former governor of the state of Anambra.
This was included in a report in the Premium Times on Sunday in which sources within the anti- theft agency said Obi had been summoned for questioning.
Although the reason for the subpoena is still unknown, it is believed that it may be related to allegations of financial irregularities uncovered in the Pandora documents.
According to the report, the EFCC sent the invitation to Mr Obi during the week and he was asked to report to the agency’ s headquarters in Abuja on October 27th to confront investigators.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is very true considering the past history of electoral malpractice in Nigeria or just a mere false allegation? Let’ s discuss in the comment section.