By Benedicta Benjamin
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is buying votes ahead of the 2019 general elections using the cover of Tradermoni scheme, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has said.
“Meeting expressed utter disappointment in the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for his continued corruption of the electorates in a funny scheme named ‘Tradermoni’,” the group said.
The leaders announced this in a communiqué released after their meeting on Wednesday, which deliberated on the state of the nation.
The release was signed by leaders of the zones: Yinka Odumakin,(South West), Bassey Ewa-Henshaw (South South), Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt) and Chigozie Ogbu (South East).
“We noted his (Osinbajo) odious outing with this corrupt act shortly before the Osun governorship election when he went to dole out cash to would -be voters and distributing forms in which beneficiaries were asked to fill in their PVC details and phone number.
“A few days back, he took the perverse scheme to Lagos accompanied by the Governor of Lagos and the APC governorship candidate in Lagos state, an act that totally betrayed the political manipulation of the polity with pecuniary tools.
“It is rather unfortunate that a Professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria is not ashamed to be doing this open ‘see and buy’ ahead of elections while he continues to preach virtues when convenient.
“We demand immediate suspension of this scheme in the manner the VP is going about it presently as it shames the whole anti-corruption campaign of the administration. It is pure bribery of voters.”
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