Former Nigeria Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has begged Nigerians not to be involved in vote buying and selling in the upcoming 2023 elections.
Abubakar made the plea while speaking with newsmen at his Hill-Top residence in Minna as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary.
He insisted that the unholy act would have a chaotic influence on the election and urged all Nigerians to come together to end the practice.
He lamented that despite appeals, some people are still selling their votes in the country.
He said, “there are some setbacks, some electorates are still selling their votes, and the politicians are still encouraging the selling and buying of votes. I hope the electorates will bear in mind that it is their franchise to ensure that they vote for people of calibre and their choice. And for God sake, nobody should go and sell his vote.
“Don’t sell your franchise. I am happy some people are realizing and educating other people not to sell their votes.”
He also urged political candidates to desist from smear campaign, adding that campaign of tolerance is the way to go.
“Since 1999 politicians and indeed, Nigerians have been strengthening democracy and of course, there are pitfalls as we go along. We made mistakes and gradually our politicians are correcting these mistakes and the politicians are also learning by the day,” he added.