The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, has accused Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, of engaging in “advance(d) vote buying”, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This came barely 24-hours after he was named in a N33 billion scandal, rocking the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
The group, which met in Abuja to deliberate on the state of the nation, noted that the ‘Tradermoni’ Scheme of the Federal Government, is an avenue to corrupt the electorate, ahead of the general elections next year.
In a communiqué jointly signed by Leaders of the zones, namely, Yinka Odumakin, South-West; Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, South-South; Isuwa Dogo, Middle Belt; and Chigozie Ogbu, South-East; the group demanded the stoppage of the Scheme, as it shamed the anti-corruption campaign of the present administration.
“Meeting expressed utter disappointment in the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his continued corruption of the electorates, in a funny Scheme named ‘Tradermoni’.
“We noted his odious outing with this corrupt act shortly before the Osun State Governorship election, when he went to dole out cash to would-be voters, and distributing forms in which beneficiaries were asked to fill in their PVC details and phone number.
“A few days back, he took the perverse Scheme to Lagos, accompanied by the Governor of Lagos and the APC Governorship Candidate in Lagos State, an act that totally betrayed the political manipulation of the polity with pecuniary tools.
“It is rather unfortunate that a Professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is not ashamed to be doing this open ‘see and buy’ ahead of election,s while he continues to preach virtues when convenient.
“We demand immediate suspension of this Scheme in the manner the VP is going about it presently, as it shames the whole anti-corruption campaign of the administration. It is pure bribery of voters.”
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