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No one who collects money to rig election will be spared, Magu warns

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ACTING Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says the commission will ensure that nobody who collects money to rig elections in Nigeria goes scotfree.

The spokesman of EFCC, Wilson Uwajuren, made this known in a statement on Friday, adding that the commission has launched “a massive but discreet” surveillance on the movement of funds by politicians as part of its proactive measures to check vote buying.

Uwajuren said the tracking process, which includes politicians from all the political parties in the country, will continue until the elections are concluded.

He said that the commission is determined to restore the integrity of the electoral process and prevent the exercise from being used as an avenue for money laundering.

Uwajuren, quoted the Acting Chairman of the EFCC,  Ibrahim Magu, as saying that the commission will  join forces with other law enforcement agencies to enforce compliance with the electoral act which criminalises financial inducement by political parties and their candidates.

“Those who offer bribes for votes are as guilty as those who receive such gratifications. My candid advice to the electorates is to be vigilant and resist the temptation to sell their votes,” Magu said.

“The 2019 general election offers Nigeria the opportunity to deepen her emerging democratic culture that is free and participatory. We must guard this process by shunning all forms of electoral malpractices. No one who collects money to rig election will be spared.”

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Earlier in February, Magu had said that the EFCC would partner with INEC to monitor campaign spending ahead of the 2019 general elections. Monitoring the flow of funds during elections, Magu said, will help to improve the quality of governance as it will ensure that only “good candidates are elected not moneybags”.

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