The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has put all machinery in motion to arrest anyone caught involved in vote buying during the Osun State governorship election.
The election holds on Saturday across the state.
It would be recalled that vote buying was alleged to be the order of the day in the recently held Ekiti governorship election.
The efforts to prevent vote buying are being made in collaboration with other security agencies.
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The EFCC, made this known on Friday in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren.
His words: “As part of the commission’s proactive efforts in securing the integrity of the electoral process and preventing the exercise from being used as avenue for money laundering, the EFCC has already launched massive, but discreet, surveillance of the financial flows of all the actors in the various political parties.”
Uwajuren quoted the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, as stressing that the commission would be working with all stakeholders, especially from the security and intelligence community to stop the practice of vote buying and other financial malpractices.
He warned that those who offer bribes for votes are as guilty as those who receive such gratifications.
He therefore advised the electorate to be vigilant and resist the temptation to sell their votes.
“After the widely acclaimed peaceful transfer of power from a sitting president, who was the candidate of the then ruling party, to the candidate of the opposition party in 2015, the 2019 general election offers Nigeria the opportunity to deepen her emerging democratic culture that is free and participatory. We must guard this process by shunning all forms of electoral malpractices,” he said.