Osinbajo suspends TraderMoni market visitations

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stopped his visits to the markets across the country to promote the TraderMoni scheme

Osinbajo began his tour in Osun in September 2018, barely three weeks to the state’s governorship election, and would go on to tour more states in the countdown to the 2019 elections

The exercise had been described as voter inducement by members of the opposition, as well as Transparency International

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, has halted his visits to markets across the country to promote the TraderMoni scheme.

In the last one month, Osinbajo has not toured any state to promote the scheme, Independent reports.

Following its launch in August 2018, Osinbajo began his tour a month later in Osun; barely three weeks to the state’s governorship election.

As a result of the timing, the exercise was immediately branded as voter inducement. Osinbajo would later tour over 20 states in the countdown to the 2019 elections.

The vice president combined his market tour with door-to-door campaigns on some occasions, where he asked people to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The exercise had been described as voter inducement by members of the opposition, as well as Transparency International.

Osinbajo said this through Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, in response to a statement by Odilim Enweagbara, an economist and entrepreneur, that the scheme was to curry support from Nigerians for the APC, towards the 2019 general elections.

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