Newsexpress banner Camano banner
PDP introduced vote-buying in Nigeria: Sen. Ndume

By Harrison Arubu on 20/11/2018

Views: 434

•Senator Ndume
•Senator Ndume

The senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of introducing vote-buying into the Nigeria’s electoral system.

Ndume, who said this in Abuja while speaking as a guest on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, was reacting to the allegation that the President Muhammadu 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.’’

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.’’

The senator, however, noted that the influence of money could not be ruled out of Nigerian politics as was the case even in advanced democracies such as the United States and others.

He said one of the reasons former U.S. President Barack Obama defeated Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Party’s primaries in 2008 was because he had more money.

Ndume stressed that money also played a major role in Obama’s victory in the general elections.

Vote-buying occurs when a political party or candidate seeks to buy the vote of a voter in an upcoming election.

The practice can take various forms such as a monetary exchange, as well as an exchange for necessary goods or services.

Vote-buying is often used to motivate or persuade voters to turn out to elections and vote in a particular way.

Despite the fact that this practice is illegal in many countries such as the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Kenya and Nigeria, its prevalence remains worldwide. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 20/11/2018 9:10:20 PM





You may also like...
Breaking News: 2015 elections postponed by 6 weeks...

FG declares Monday public holiday

Gains of cooperation in oil marketing, distribution among...

2019: Ohanaeze blacklists parties opposed to restructuring

Jega clears the air on card readers

Nigeria’s active mobile subscribers hit 172m

EFCC detains Kwara Finance Commissioner, Accountant General

Obiano blazes trail in search for economic salvation...

Dear IGP Adamu, begging bandits is not a...

BREAKING: Coup in Sudan? •President Al-Bashir reportedly loses...

Boko Haram attack: How Emir of Gwoza died...

4 confirmed killed as Kaduna religious crisis worsens,...


Latest News Certificates of Return and May 29 Handover: Obey the rule of law, Intersociety tells INEC, parties and electoral courts Court watches lawmaker’s nude video Tinubu, Osinbajo may clash over 2023 presidency BREAKING: Presidency orders immediate clearance of Apapa Port congestion, traffic menace Visa: FG engages US over dropbox suspension Okorocha’s court action won’t stop EFCC — Magu Obiano ‘plotting to install Chief of Staff as APGA National Chairman’ Bunkering: Army clears accused General, indicts Governor Wike Okowa, at valedictory session, gives Commissioners Friday deadline to hand over Bayelsa oil spill victims will get justice, Environmental Panel Chair assures No plans to proscribe NUPENG — Ngige Arewa group decries smear campaign against CBN Governor Emefiele


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (481,093 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (419,817 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (358,382 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (306,570 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (270,693 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (241,499 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (229,458 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (211,215 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (203,100 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (200,560 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (181,467 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (181,455 views)


UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (91) Business & Economy (4,273) Business Verdict (71) Columnists (1,032) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (614) Features (752) Global Business Monitor (364) ICT Monitor (44) International (3,470) Interview (179) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (161) Maggie's Blog (272) News (46,421) Opinion (1,243) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,806) Religion (1,005) Sports (2,011) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera