The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, assured Nigerians of its competence and readiness to overcome vote buying and other acts of electoral fraud to make this year’s general elections transparent, free and fair.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesperson, in a statement in Abuja, quoted Abdulrasheed Bawa, the commission’s chairman, as saying this at the North-Central Stakeholder’s Roundtable on the 2023 elections.
Bawa said the EFCC is adequately equipped to tackle any form of electoral fraud.
Bawa, who spoke through Dele Oyewale, the Assistant Director, Media and Publicity in the commission, emphasized that vote buying and other electoral fraud are human practices and can be stopped.
He said, “Intelligence is about people, vote buying is about people, and vote selling is about people, those that are selling votes aren’t ghosts, those that are buying are also not ghosts, they’re all human beings.
“In the EFCC, we’ve this mantra, if you see something, you must say something and we’ll do something.
“For any form of vote buying, we must all reject it, if we see anyone that’s doing it, we must report him or her to the EFCC.”
He continued, “It’s within the ambit of our mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of electoral fraud, vote buying, vote selling and any form of electoral malpractice.
“We have been doing it not just for this election but in the past.”
DAILY POST reports that the 2023 general elections is just less than two weeks.