The Convener of YesWeFit Movement and former Presidential Aspirant, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has advocated drastic cut in the take home of political office holders including the President, Vice President, Governors, council chairmen state and federal lawmakers that will make them collect the same salary scale with civil servants in the country.
This, Ikubese said would make political offices less lucrative and encourage genuine people who wish to serve the masses to venture into politics.
The medical practitioner stated this on Wednesday while featuring on ChannelsTV Sunrise Daily monitored by Basehitz Media on the fallout of the Anambra State governorship election won by Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
Ikubese also sought the introduction of e-voting to address the problem of voters’ apathy that characterised recent elections in the country especially in the just concluded Anambra election.
The Convener attributed perennial poor turnout of people on election days in Nigeria to insecurity and poor performances of political office holders who had monitised the electoral system for selfish gains.
Ikubese said the people must wake up to force the National Assembly members to enact laws that would make political offices less lucrative.
Dr Wilson Ikubese, who congratulated winner, Soludo and Anambra people, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC with the deployment of new technology for the polls.
The Presidential Hopeful explained that e-voting would also end unnecessary shut down of people and the nation’s economy on election days, urging INEC to start looking at the use of e-voting system.
He also said the national assembly should enact law for the establishment of Special Anti-corruption Courts to handle and adjudicate graft cases within 6months.
“Nigerian people have seen politics as a lucrative venture, the National Assembly needs to make it less lucrative, no extra allowances for political office holder, they should collect the same salary scale as civil servants.
“INEC should work towards e-voting, they are saying we are not there yet, when are we going to be there. In the past whenever we advocated use of card reader machines for voting, they said it was not possible, now we are using it.
“We must be looking at e-voting, we can be able to vote for candidate of my choice and my vote will count without the fear of unknown gunmen,” Ikubese said.