Ogun State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has decried the desperation of Nigerian politicians, which has resulted in the entrenched practice of buying votes during every election, saying such act portends danger for Nigerian’s democracy.
PFN Chairman in the state, Apostle David Otaru, who spoke with journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State during the official inauguration and induction of the state executive officers of the association, passionately appealed to political leaders in the country to do everything possible to halt the trend.
Otaru, who was speaking against the backdrop of INEC’s confession that it has limited power at stopping the trend, emphasised that the situation portends danger for Nigeria’s democracy, as credible people are not likely to emerge as leaders.
LEADERSHIP Sunday recalled that INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voters’ Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, had, on Wednesday, said that the commission had taken several steps at stopping vote buying despite the fact that the law empowers it to prosecute anyone who infringes on the Electoral Act, which includes inducing the voters.
But speaking with newsmen at the event, which held at the Treasure House of God, Abeokuta, Otaru appealed to Nigerian political leaders to stop buying what he described as “the conscience” of the people of Nigeria.
Obviously making reference to the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State where allegations of vote buying littered the camps of all political parties that participated, Otaru said the devil has already ambushed Nigeria, should her leaders fail to address the situation.
“I will want to advise and appeal to the political leaders of this country to stop the idea of buying votes. Although, vote buying is on both sides, because the thieves that stole the goods and the one that buys stolen goods are both guilty.
“Now that the year 2019 general elections are at the corner, I would want every Nigerian to vote according to his or her conscience in 2019. I also want to advise politicians to play politics without bitterness.
The primary purpose of leadership is to serve and if you lose an election, you can always come back next time. The state and the nation, as it remains, stand forever”.