Today, March 9, Nigerians have gone to the polls to elect
Such states include Ogun, Imo, Kwara, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Benue and Sokoto. In those states, the battles are expected to be fierce because of the desperation of some governors on the one hand to hold onto their seats, to install their stooges or to ensure that their godfathers do not have their ways in the elections. In Ogun and Imo, for instance, the battle is between the outgoing governors – Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha – and their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The governors are bent on installing their successors on another platform at all cost. The ambition of the two governors has pitched them against APC, with the tendency that their ambition might either ruin them or their party’s chances.
In Akwa Ibom, the desire of the former governor of the state
There is also the desperation of the Federal Government to have a
It is the same case with Kwara State, where APC is engaged in a battle of supremacy with the Senate President,
There is need for more vigilance on Saturday as there are more likelihood of violence and acts that are not in line with democratic growth. At the last presidential and National Assembly elections, not less than 30 Nigerians met their untimely deaths at different states of the federation. We do not expect such figures this time. We are opposed to the idea of sacrificing the lives of Nigerians for elections they are not even contesting. We did not hear of any contestant that died on February 23. It is only ordinary Nigerians who had come out to exercise their civic rights that paid the price with their lives. Elections are not war.
They are meant to elect decent men and women who will run the affairs of the country for the next four years. At the end of the day, after all the noise, only one person is elected to occupy a particular position. We therefore insist that elections should be kept decent if they are meant to elect decent people to man different positions in the interest of the people. We say no to politics of do-or-die. We also implore INEC and the security agencies to plug the gaps identified in the February 23 elections.
We expect that by now, INEC would have completed its internal assessment of the conduct of the elections with a view to covering whatever lapses that were observed at the last elections. That is the same message to security agencies. A situation where the Army particularly meddles in civil elections is objectionable and unacceptable. They should be kept out of the election process.
We are of the belief that all the candidates have the interest of
That is why we expect INEC, the umpire of the elections, to be at
Source: New Telegraph