EDO 2020 | Group Decries Alleged Vote-buying Video ahead Edo Poll

*Map of Edo State, south-south Nigeria
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By Emmanuel Oloniruha
 A non partisan group,  National Consultative Front (NCFront), has condemned an alleged  electoral inducement, uncovered in Edo ahead of the state governorship election scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19.
 
The group made  the condemnation in a statement issued by its Head, Public Affairs Bureau, Dr Tanko Yunusa, on Friday in Abuja.
Yunusa said the leadership of the group  condemned the electoral inducement uncovered by its monitors in a viral video, where agents and stalwarts of one of the dominant political parties  were seen exchanging monies.
The video also showed gifts of ‘ankara’ clothing materials, in exchange for the  Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), of voters.
He threatened that the group would  drag the defaulting party and its governorship candidate, before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the international community, if those manipulative acts continued during the Saturday’s election.
“We hereby wish to alert the nation, especially the Gen. Abdusalami Abubarkar-led Peace Committee, the INEC and the international community of this  unfortunate act of desperation by the party.
“This is capable of sparking off a major crisis that could mar the peace and credibility of the entire elections.
“Therefore, we urge them to quickly step in to nip these subversive and circumventing build up of votes buying in the bud before they degenerate into a free for all.
“Our pre-elections investigations and findings have also revealed a tense violent build up, between the two leading political parties in the Edo elections,” he stated.
Yunusa said in the event of further recklessness and  violations of electoral ethics by any of the contesting political parties, the NCFront would not hesitate to raise a formidable petition over the matter before the international community.
He said the act would also be taken to an appropriate international courts of Justice.
“Our Monitoring Situation Room stationed in Edo State has been mandated to compile every electoral offences observed during the elections, for judicial processing,” he said.
(NAN)
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