(Updated) Breaking: Senate Opens Public Hearing On Vote-Buying

…as INEC accuses politicians of inserting money in sandwich to buy votes

Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber, the Senate, has formally declared open the public hearing on vote-buying and improving electoral processes in the country.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who formally declared the public hearing open, delivered opening remarks on the occasion.

In a tweet, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, called on Nigerians to rise up and condemn all practices of vote buying as it is the worst form of corruption and should be treated as such.

INEC Accuses Politicians Of Inserting Money In Sandwich To Buy Votes

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mr Mahmood Yakubu, says one of the ways through which politicians beat security to buy votes during elections is to insert currency notes in sandwiches under the guise that voters are being fed.

Yakubu said, “We talk too much as a nation. We should stop talking and do more for our country.”

In attendance on the occasion were President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; members of the National Assembly, political parties, security agencies, and many others.

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