The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum has accused Vice-President Yemi
Osinbajo of buying votes ahead of the 2019 general election.
The group said this in a communiqué released after meeting in Abuja.
The document was jointly signed by Yinka Odumakin for the south-west,
Bassey Ewa-Henshaw for south-south, Isuwa Dogo for the middle belt and
Chigozie Ogbu for the south-east.
The vice-president was accused of “bribing voters” with the TraderMoni
scheme, officially called Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme
It is designed to help petty traders expand their trade through the
provision of collateral free loans of N10,000. The loans are repayable
within a period of six months.
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum demanded an end to the scheme,
saying it is against the anti-corruption campaign of the administration.
“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
“We noted his 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
“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.”
Osibanjo, accompanied by Akinwumi Ambode, governor of Lagos, and Babajide
Sanwo-Olu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),
had visited Ketu and Bariga markets to give out loans to traders.