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EFCC, ICPC deployed to apprehend vote buyers ahead of Kogi, Bayelsa elections

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Ahead of the Kogi and Bayelsa State Governorship Elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says that anti-graft agencies have been deployed to apprehend vote buyers.

INEC noted that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other relate offences Commission (ICPC) were deployed to the states ahead of the November 16 election to get money launderers.

“If EFCC comes to your house, will you be bothered? Do you have N35m in your bank account? So, you don’t have anything to worry about. It is people who are politically-exposed that should be bothered,” Osaze Oluwole-Uzzi, the INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, said (as seen on Punch).

“It is people who either have skeletons in their cupboards or who have had some kinds of dealings or involved in money laundering or unexplained money. We are going to collaborate with the EFCC and the ICPC,” he added.

The commission and the anti-grafts however ignored similar incident which happened on the eve of the 2019 general election (February 22, 2019), when two bullion vans was seen moving into the Lagos residence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The EFCC had been petitioned to investigate the incident which was suspected to be money for vote buying. It’s been several weeks since the anti-graft received the petition, but nothing has been done yet.

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