By Yomi Kareem
Action Aid has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to go after politicians throwing money around under the guise of purchasing nomination forms ahead of the 2023 general election, amid poverty ravaging the country.
Ene Obi, Country Director, Action Aid and Convener Civil Society Situation Room, made the call yesterday, during the second quarterly meeting of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, with the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, at the Commission’s headquarters Abuja.
Obi maintained that amid the hunger and poverty ravaging the country, politicians are still throwing money around under the guise of purchasing nomination forms ahead of the 2023 general election.
In her words; “EFCC should go after the moneybags throwing money around in the face of poverty, people are purchasing nomination forms of N100m,” she said.
She called on INEC to look at the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BIVAS, as it only works optimally during off-season elections, while there are glitches during major elections.
Obi called on all Nigerians to wake up and do the needful, as their vote is their power. “If we fought for the Electoral Act, then we must rise up and do the needful.
“Let Ekiti set an example, as you did in Anambra, you can do better in Ekiti State,” she said, while also calling on the media to stand up for Nigeria.