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Why INEC Should Prosecute Perpetrators Of Vote-Buying – Falana

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 Femi Falana

Because the 2023 basic elections draw close to, a authorized luminary, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has tasked the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to prosecute criminally-minded politicians, particularly these concerned in vote-buying and vote-selling with a purpose to make electoral course of extra credible in Nigeria.

He gave the duty in his tackle, entitled: ‘The Mass Media as the Fulcrum of Democracy: A Celebration of BCOS Television at Forty’, which he delivered on the gala/award day, marking the grand finale of the fortieth anniversary of the Broadcasting Company of Oyo State Tv, held at Worldwide Convention Centre, College of Ibadan, on Thursday, throughout which the Government Chairman of the company, Prince Dotun Oyelade, was the chief host.

Falana, a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, who was represented by Dr. (Mrs.) Tayo Omitola from the College of Ibadan, acknowledged that media organisations have essential roles to play in the direction of stemming the tide of electoral crimes and vote-buying, by exposing the perpetrators and likewise collaborate for the prosecution of offenders.

In line with him, the media “needs to assist in fighting against the prevalent electoral crime of vote buying under the ‘vote and get paid’ culture as was witnessed in the June 18, 2022 Ekiti State governorship elections. The evidence of vote buying in Ekiti State is overwhelming. Some of buyers were arrested by the law enforcement agencies. These criminal elements and their cohorts recklessly breached the provisions of the Electoral Act on bribery and corruption of the democratic system.”

Apparently referring to the presidential primaries held by each the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC), Falana argued: “Shortly, earlier than then, the Peoples Democratic Occasion and the All Progressive Congress had bribed delegates with thousands and thousands of {dollars} in utter defiance of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.

“Aside from exposing a number of the criminally minded politicians, the media ought to mount strain on the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee to prosecute them in keeping with Part 145 of the Electoral Act. The ruling class have to be allowed to apply democracy with plutocracy.

“Moreover, we should collectively cease electoral fraud such because the on-going makes an attempt to impose some lawless people, who didn’t take part in get together primaries, as get together candidates. In discharging its constitutional obligation to the individuals the media must be absolutely concerned in campaigning in opposition to the implementation of neoliberal financial insurance policies by the governments on the occasion of imperialism.

“The politicians who wish to govern Nigeria at all levels must be challenged to address the crises of infrastructural decay, insecurity, poverty, unemployment, corruption, impunity and abuse of human rights. The journey towards a just society may be long and torturous, but collectively, we can get there and build the country on a foundation of social justice.”

The Government Chairman of BCOSTV, Prince Dotun Oyelade, who thanked Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for his quintessential help for the company, famous that fireplace gutted the BCOS Library 20 years in the past, and “we find this celebration anniversary an opportune time to establish what we the ‘BCOS Library Foundation, to which you are all welcome to participate.”

He added that inside the previous 40 years BCOS TV “has moved on and in the past three years, the channel has witnessed defining developments, such that critical technical areas are being re-tooled and staff motivation is at an all-time high. We now possess one of the best television ambience and with our radio combined, we have been able to expand our reach such that on daily basis, those in the hinterland of Oyo State and beyond now participate in our programmes from their different cities and villages.”

Highlights of the event included presentation of 72 awards to totally different classes of achievers similar to company, leisure, posthumous, company partnership, service to humanity, meritorious and good ambassadors of BCOS , in addition to Amotekun governors’ awards for the six governors within the South West. Aside from these, a complete of 114 employees of the company have been additionally given meritorious awards.

The recipients of the awards consisted of the previous governor of the outdated Oyo State, the late Chief Bola Ige, whose administration, established the tv station in March 1982. The posthumous award was offered by Prince Dotun Oyelade to the son of Bola Ige, Muyiwa Ige. A former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, was additionally honoured within the posthumous award class.





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