Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno South has accused the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of introducing vote-buying into the Nigeria’s electoral system.
Ndume was reacting to the allegation that the President Buhjari-led administration was using its Special Investment Programmes, including TradeMoni, to buy the electorate over. The lawmaker alleged that the party’s current presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, emerged through vote-buying.
“First of all, during the presentation of `Next Level’ on Sunday, this allegation was categorically denied, and we said if there is such evidence, whoever is involved should be reported to the appropriate authority.
Having said that, let me note that it is the PDP, and you can quote me on this, that introduced voted buying. Even now, they are concentrating on buying votes, not on campaigning to genuinely win election. So, I don’t know where this accusation is coming from.
The PDP presidential candidate emerged by buying the votes, in dollars not even in naira. It is on record and everybody knows that even the presidential candidacy of PDP is purchased’’ he said.
Ndume said the same could not be said of the emergence of Buhari as the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election. He said that the President did not even ask anyone to step down for him during the recent primaries of the party, let alone buy delegates over.
“I hereby challenge any Nigerian to come out and say that Buhari even asked anyone to step down for him. He only offered himself to contest, and everybody queued behind him. So, when they allege that APC is buying votes, I just laugh. Do you know why PDP is contesting? It is because they think they can buy Nigerians, and Nigerians are not for sale. Nobody can say that President Muhammadu Buhari, either directly or indirectly, is condoning vote buying’’ he added.