Court has legitimized vote buying – Falana
Falana disclosed this while speaking at the ninth forum of the anti-corruption situation room in Abuja.
According to him, since the inception of democracy in 1999, the process court has encourage vote buying and other violations of the provisions of the electoral act.
He maintained that measures must be put in place to reform Nigeria’s electoral process so that Nigerians will not be collectively disgraced.
“Unfortunately, under the current political dispensation, our courts have legitimised vote-buying and other violations of the provisions of the electoral act,” he noted.
“I will refer to few cases. In the case of Falae and Obasanjo, in 1999, it was proved in the court of appeal that bags of rice, salt and garri were distributed to entice voters for the candidate of the ruling party, General Olusegun Obasanjo.
“The court of appeal so found such infraction of the law, however, it turned round to say even those distributing were said to be PDP stalwarts, the court of appeal said it was not proven that there were winners of the election. Since then, the purchase of votes, bribing of voters have been the order of the day.
“The battle ahead is how we are going to reform the democratic session in a way that we will not be all collectively disgraced. We have never gone this low where publicly people are trading in votes. We never went that low.”