A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Anambra State, has blamed poverty and ignorance as the reason vote buying during elections in Nigeria.
Kodilichukwu Okelekwe, a senatorial candidate of the APC for Anambra Central zone, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party in the state.
He slamed those who collect money to vote, saying they do not consider the suffering they would go through in four years, rather will prefer to collect money to cast their votes.
He said, “Vote-buying is now an issue in election process, but we know that it is a passing phase. Before now, it used to be ballot box snatching, but innovation in election process has phased that out.
“Today, it is vote buying, and we know that too will pass away some day. Vote buying is made worse by poverty and ignorance. Someone will not consider the good education, good healthcare and many other dividends that come from good governance, but will rather insist on collecting money to vote.”