By G9ija

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has pledged that the commission is well-equipped and capable of combating electoral fraud, including vote buying, to ensure that the upcoming general elections in Nigeria are transparent, free and fair.

He urged Nigerians to reject any form of electoral malpractice and emphasized that active participation from citizens is key to the success of the elections.

In a statement published on its website on Wednesday, the EFCC announced that its Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, addressed the North-Central Stakeholder’s Round-table meeting on the 2023 general elections on Tuesday.

The Centre For Transparency Advocacy organised the North-Central Stakeholder’s Round-table meeting on the 2023 general elections, which was held in Abuja.

Represented by the EFCC’s Assistant Director, Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, the Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, spoke at the event and reiterated the commission’s commitment to resist electoral malpractices, including vote buying.

He said, “Intelligence is about people, vote buying is about people and vote selling is about people, those that are selling votes are not ghosts, those that are buying are also not ghosts, they are all human beings.

Faith Nwadishi, the Executive Director of CTA, called for a more effective approach to combat electoral fraud through covert operations.

She said, “The recent initiative of collaborating with the EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, NBC, IPAC and other stakeholders by INEC during the stakeholders’ summit aimed at addressing the influence of money on the 2023 general elections must be encouraged and the decisions reached implemented.”