An Edo-based sociopolitical group, Save Edo, has raised the alarm over plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to buy votes during the March 11 House of Assembly elections in the state with the old naira notes.
The group’s Secretary, Deacon Ehi Enojie, in a statement, said the Edo APC leadership, yesterday, began moving the old naira notes around the 192 wards of the state for vote buying.
Recall that the old naira notes were ferried into the state in large trucks before the February 25 presidential election; unfortunately, they couldn’t buy votes with them because of the naira cash swap policy by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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However, the reversal of the cash swap by the Supreme Court has further emboldened the APC leaders who have now moved the old naira notes to their various wards for vote buying.
Enpojie said, “We are using this opportunity to call on the security agencies to track down these monies wherever they may be hiding them. We also call on the Edo electorate to stand resolute and reject APC old naira notes and stay the course by voting for their preferred candidates in the forthcoming House of Assembly election.
He added, “We also want to call on APC to turn a new leaf and desist from their usual habit of vote buying and allow the electorates to determine their future without any form of harassment and monetary inducement.”