Buhari used Trader Moni to buy votes – Atiku tells Tribunal

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Buhari used Trader Moni to buy votes – Atiku tells Tribunal

Buhari used Trader Moni to buy votes – Atiku tells Tribunal

The 2019 Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has maintained that the implementation of the Trader Moni initiative by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government ahead of the just-concluded general polls was a scheme for vote-buying.

Mr. Abubakar via his legal team, emphasized that the Trader Moni allegedly lacked budgetary backing.

In a petition that was filed before the Presidential Election Tribunal frowning at the outcome of the February 23 election, the former Vice President described the whole initiative as an “illegal and corrupt extra-budgetary spending”.

He also said that there were several manipulations and corruption in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s declaration of Buhari as the President-elect.

Mr. Abubakar said that in order to negatively influence voters, President Buhari using his position as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commenced a programme or a scheme called Trader Moni, through which the Nigerian electorate, most especially traders across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, Abuja, just a few weeks to the presidential election, given N10,000 each.

“Even though there was no such thing as budgetary provision for this scheme; and in spite of public outcry against it, the 2nd respondent (Buhari), through the Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, visited states around the nation and the FCT, Abuja, and distributed the sum of N10,000 to traders, thus using state resources to buy votes.”

Buhari used Trader Moni to buy votes – Atiku tells Tribunal

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