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Rivers Rerun election: Electoral fraud is also corruption

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This APC government has blamed the past administration in virtually all aspects except in the election that brought it into power. 

Although during the presidential election there was massive media reportage of under-aged voters and other electoral malpractices going on in some parts of the country, the then president ignored that and conceded defeat in line with his political maxim of “My political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian”. 

A lot of elections have been held since APC took over the mantle of leadership of our dear country. 

In Edo State, there was media reportage of financial inducement of voters but the ruling APC feigned ignorance of that allegation after all; it won the election in the state.

In Ondo, there was what I called “pre-election rigging” because when all parties are not given level playing ground, it means there is partiality. 

Both the electorates and the PDP candidates could not state with certainty the authentic PDP governorship candidate barely three days to the election. 

After a long drawn legal battle, Eyitayo Jegede was finally cleared by the court to be the authentic PDP flag bearer for the election barely 72 hours to the conduct of the election. 

Despite all calls by the PDP in Ondo State, INEC went ahead to conduct the election in the state. 

In Edo state, when APC was not so sure of her chances, the security agents came out with all sorts of security craps to hoodwink us in the kindergarten political level. 

That moment of respite, gave APC enough time to reinforce which culminated in their retaining power in the state. 

It is regrettable that what was sauce for the goose in Edo State was deemed not to be sauce for the gander in Ondo State. 

To this end, Jimoh Ibrahim went ahead to congratulate Akerodolu about 24 hours before the election day, having known the chances of PDP in that election were very slim. 

I need not bother if there was any financial inducement of voters during the election in Ondo because the major politics was played before the election.

My only plea to the ruling APC government is not to create problem for us the residents of Rivers State. Jonathan showed the highest level of political maturity by conceding defeat in the face of political provocations and media reportage of under-aged voting in some parts of the country. 

We expect nothing less than that in Rivers State. 

We suffered in the last administration in the state, the courts were closed down, major state roads were abandoned while the then governor played to the gallery, bringing to the mind the Igbo saying about “Oka mma n’ ama(ezi)”, which refers to somebody who is seen as a hero by outsiders but he is not better than a failure. 

Wike’s government repaired, renovated and constructed all major state roads. The residents of the state can easily move about their businesses with their cars. 

Our courts were opened and people who feel aggrieved have the option of approaching our state owned courts for redress. 

They challenged the election of our amiable Governor Wike in the court but at the end of the day, God gave us victory. 

INEC refused to conduct rerun in some areas of the state that the election was cancelled citing security challenges but the same INEC conducted successful elections in some north-eastern states of Yobe, Borno and Bauchi, just to mention but a view. 

Rivers State was starved of national representatives in the senate, some seats in the House of Representatives and the State House of Assembly until the National Assembly intervened.

I want to specially beg the good people of Rivers State to be wary of those who will come here to create problems for us and return to roost in Abuja or any other city of their choice in the world. 

The land will place a curse on any voter who will not vote according to his or her conscience. The same curse will be extended to anybody who uses his official position to pervert justice. 

In all the 16 years of PDP rule, Lagos state was in opposition to the government at the centre and that was the beauty of democracy. 

I wonder why Rivers State must be forced to be an APC state. I am still confused at the notion behind the body language of “one-party” system. 

They made us believe that all politicians in APC are saints and corrupt-free while those in PDP are corrupt until proven otherwise hence all prosecutions and the much-touted anti-corruption fight are meant for the opposition parties with the PDP members topping the list. 

We need no elected State House of Assembly members whose primary roles will be to impeach governor Wike. 

We need no elected National Assembly members who will be at loggerheads with our amiable governor. This is the time to shun money politics. 

Selling your votes on Saturday is equivalent to selling your future into infinite servitude. 

Our politicians are mean; they missed it in the court and they are now hell-bent on producing representatives that will destabilise Wike’s government through this Rivers state rerun election. 

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