Nigeria Is Institutionalizing Thuggery And Rigging As A Process To Political Power – Peter Obi Reacts To Ganduje’s Victory
Obi said that what all democratic watchers saw in Kano State rerun election last Saturday amounts to licensing our youths for violence, and setting a very dangerous precedent.
“We are now institutionalizing thuggery and rigging as the process of coming into power which is very dangerous precedents for our country.
The Vice Presidential candidate said that proceeds in the name of results from what happened in Kano makes the entire electoral process ridiculous and shameful.
According to a statement to us on Monday from his media office, Obi remarked that the Nigeria Police who mobilized top officers and men to Kano state to secure the state during the election but allowed political thugs to control the process owe Nigerians and election observers a lot of explanations on what happened.
He also questioned the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, who was quick to recognize and acknowledge election results from a process where machetes carrying miscreants took charge of the process.
Obi warned that by what went on in Kano at the weekend “we are dangerously bequeathing to this society a trend that is bound to consume not only our youths but the entire country.”
The former Anambra state governor said that “Nigeria further ridiculed herself and made the country a laughing stock for thinking that the kind of process witnessed in Kano at the weekend will produce leadership that can grow the state.”
Obi described as regrettable the unnecessary loss of quality heads in this election and mentioned, in particular, the killing of a Professor in Benue which he said is most painful.
“If India with over 800 million voters can conduct an election without losing such calibre of people if President Buhari and APC could come into power in 2015 without such senseless loss of lives, why should this be the case now?
Obi finally prayed for the souls of the departed and fortitude for the relations and friends of those who lost their lives.