Emmanuel Uduaghan, ex Governor of Delta state has urged the Federal Government to commence a gradual release of funds to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2023 general elections as from 2020.
The former Governor gave the advice yesterday, while delivering a lecture on “Making Nigeria elections cleaner, transparent and credible” at the first “Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan Annual Public Lecture” which was held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
According to him, the early commencement of the release of funds to INEC in 2020 would enable the commission to start preparations for 2023 in time.
“The argument that voters sell their votes because of hunger does not hold water. How much does the person who sells his or her vote get?
“An enlightened electorate will not sell their votes because to do so means they are selling their future and have no right to demand for prudent and accountable government from those elected.
“Unless there is serious voter education that makes people aware of the harm in bargaining and selling their votes, the country’s democracy will not be deepened as wrong people will continue to win elections,” Uduaghan stated.
Dr. Uduaghan also called on INEC to ensure the arrest and prosecution of those suspected to have committed electoral offences during the just concluded general elections.
He thanked the management of the university for the opportunity given to him to deliver the lecture and the cordial relationship between him and the institution.