Because electoral fraud undermines the will of the people and gives power to illegitimate claimants, it should be regarded as the worst form of corruption, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has argued.
According to Magu, a government that pays its way into power is hardly expected to be accountable; its priority upon assumption of office would be how to recoup its investment.
“That is the open sesame to corruption in public life, a phenomenon that has held us down as a nation”, he noted.
Magu was represented by the Secretary of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede at the National Policy Dialogue on Eradicating Electoral Corruption (Vote-Buying) at the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria yesterday.
He described the dialogue as critical to “our collective aspiration to clean up the institutions and process of election management for the good governance of our nation. “It is in appreciation of the damage which the incidence of vote buying does to the integrity of our electoral processes that we resolved to play a more active role in stemming the practice in the just concluded general election,” he