A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said elites in the country will not vote in Saturday’s presidential election but will use communication technology to exchange messages that may have impact on the outcome of the polls.
“I can assure you majority of the elites, including some of us who are here are not going to vote. February 16 and March 2 are holidays for the elites.
“They are going to be watching their televisions and sending text messages on that day. It is the poor who are likely to participate in the electoral process,” Falana said.
Citing sections of the Electoral Act 2010, the senior lawyer condemned vote buying by politicians, decrying it as a criminal offence.
He said: ‘By virtue of section 124 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), any form of inducement, be it money, gifts or even promises, is a serious criminal offence.
“But since 1999 nobody has been prosecuted for inducement yet we witness inducements during elections,” he lamented.
— Luminous Jannamike (@freshestgist) February 15, 2019