By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—THE All Progressive Congress in Osun State, yesterday, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to address the worsening problem of electoral fraud in the country before it destroys our fledgling democracy.
The party said in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Barr Kunle Oyatomi in Osogbo that, ‘if this was not done, the nation’s democracy which is already seriously at risk from massive corruption will collapse sooner than we imagine.
The APC was reacting to recent revelations by the Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje that PDP chieftains had attempted to bribe him with N500 million when he was in charge in Osun State in 2014, so that he could rig the Osun governorship election in favour of the party.
Mr. Agbaje reportedly rejected the offer and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the people’s choice, won that election.
Although the APC admitted that electoral manipulation has been dogging the electoral system since independence it, however, claimed that, “since the PDP came to power in 1999, electoral fraud in Nigeria has escalated exponentially into a major crisis for democracy.”
The party said “except punitive measures are introduced and rigorously enforced against electoral fraudsters, this corruption will sooner than later kill our democracy. If those who try to rig elections have their way in whatever form, the corruption syndrome we are now addressing will only be suppressed, not eradicated.”