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SDP, stakeholders, NGOs caution against vote-buying, others

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National Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Oluyemisi Samuel Falae

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security agencies involved in the conduct of elections stand to risk a vote of no confidence should vote-buying and ballot-snatching continue to mar the credibility of elections across the country.

It also blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly perpetrating vote-buying and ballot-snatching in the last elections.

The party, therefore, called on the electoral umpire to tighten loose ends to checkmate the undemocratic trend in the forthcoming Osun governorship election.

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The SDP National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Alfa Mohammed, who stated this yesterday in a statement in Abuja, said: “The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and all security organisations in the country to stop vote-buying and ballot-snatching or risk vote of no confidence from all the opposition parties.”

Also, stakeholders and non-governmental organisations in the electoral process in Bauchi State have warned Nigerians to resist any inducement to sell their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and votes before and during the 2019 general elections.

At a stakeholders’ forum organised for civil society organisations, political parties, aspirants, women and youth groups in Alkaleri and Dass local councils of the state, youths and women were cautioned by the discussants against selling their votes.

In another development, the erstwhile National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and senator representing Benue North East Senatorial District, Barnabas Gemade, has again defected to Social Democratic Party (SDP).”

Gemade, who had left APC to PDP a few weeks ago, was said to have moved to SDP where he picked the party’s nomination form to contest for his 2019 senatorial re-election.

The Guardian gathered that the senator is expected to submit the nomination form to the party’s (SDP) secretariat in Abuja today.


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