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Desist from vote buying, cleric cautions politicians

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Political parties and their members have been advised to abstain from vote buying as the 2019 general elections draw nearer.

The Bishop of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) James Olusola Odedeji, gave the advice at a press conference on the inauguration of the diocese’s 2019 Elections/Sensitisation, Mobilisation and Observation Committee in Lagos.

The panel is saddled with the responsibility of engaging Lagos governorship aspirants in a debate as well as monitoring the forthcoming polls and turning in comprehensive findings for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The cleric regretted that vote buying had become a norm in the nation’s political space.

He expressed disappointment at politicians’ conduct in the two governorship polls conducted in recent times in Ekiti and Osun states.

Urging Nigerians to use their permanent voter cards (PVCs) to vote into office credible and god-fearing candidates come next year, Odedeji asked the citizens to reject gratification from politicians and cast their ballots according to their conscience.


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