TraderMoni a Form Of Vote Buying – Transparency International
Transparency International Nigeria, TIN, today stated that the TraderMoni scheme is a form of voter inducement.
This was made known by the chairman of the anti-corruption organisation, Awwal Rafsanjani, during Lunchtime Politics, a programme of Channels Television.
He noted that the TraderMoni scheme was not a programme that was “part and parcel of the manifesto of the ruling party and it is not in Nigerian constitution.
“It was not done three years ago. It was only started close to election time. So, the allegation by many Nigerians that this is clearly a case of vote buying using public funds goes contrary to our constitution and to having a free and fair election.
“That is why the Independent National Electoral Commission itself has seen this danger. The vote buying we are seeing has transformed to have more official recognition through the acts that unfortunately we are seeing performed by some of the agencies using public funds.
“This is despite the statement by the President that public funds will not be used for his re-election campaign. But this, unfortunately, is contrary to what Nigerians are seeing,” Rafsanjani said.
The Federal Government had argued that the TraderMoni was an empowerment initiative designed to meet the financing need of at least two million petty traders across the country.
However, Rafsanjani said if the government had TraderMoni as a policy plan, it should have begun its implementation earlier than a few weeks to the elections.
According to the TIN chairman, mixing election campaigns with “distribution of money” is ill-advised.
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