Senator David Umaru has advised his constituents to disregard any aspirant seeking to buy their votes during the forthcoming senatorial primary and general elections.
Umaru gave the advice on Monday at the UK Bello Arts Theatre, Minna, while declaring intention to run for a second term as senator representing Niger East Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Umaru, who is presently the chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights, tasked electorate to take time in choosing the best.
He said: “Where an aspirant or candidate seeks to vie for an office for the first time, the electorate must conduct due diligence on the aspirant’s antecedents.
“It is the right of the electorate to peruse on aspirants in order to determine aspirants’ suitability.
“We have come a long way now as to understand the damage money politics and other primordial sentiments have done to our society.
“We must shun money bags and those who brandish money in order to curb vote buying at elections.
“My politics is of the people and for the people; my declaration to contest the office of the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Niger East Senatorial District, is coming after a long drawn and extensive consultation with stakeholders, both within and outside my constituency,” he said.
Umaru, who declared his intention to re-contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress described his score card as impressive.
He listed his achievements in the first term in the senate to include, the sponsoring of three motions and petitions, 10 bills and award of 77 scholarships for indigent students.
He added that the sinking of many boreholes and the construction of culverts in different areas of his constituency as part of his first term achievements.
NAN reports that two other aspirants in the APC, Alhaji Sani Musa, and a former registrar of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Alhaji Usman Datti, are also seeking the single senatorial ticket of the zone.