By Clifford Ndujihe
AWKA—AS many stakeholders applaud last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra as being free and fair, the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM and Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, have called for investigation of perceived infractions at the poll in order not to hurt the 2019 general polls.
IYM Founder and ECA Secretary, Evangelist Elliot Uko, who is also deputy secretary of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, ILT, in a statement, yesterday, said those applauding the election are setting a dangerous precedent.
He said: ‘’A very dangerous precedent is being set by government agents, apologists and all sorts of hypocrites and sycophants, who are applauding the Saturday November 18 Governorship elections in Anambra, whereas INEC officially acknowledged that more than 75 per cent of the 2.2 million voters who collected their PVCs stayed away. Observers on ground believe that more than 90 per cent stayed away.
‘’But for the inflated figures and the induced “multiple” voters, the grand total of votes cast would have been less than 100,000, instead of the over 400,000 votes bandied about by master riggers.
The repulsive cash payments made openly by two political parties at the polling booths, is enough to cancel the election and a re-run ordered. The sickening applause by praise singers and other cheer leaders who are actually celebrating the false narrative that the November 18 elections were free and fair, is the beginning of the death of Nigeria.
‘’Whereas the government, in its desperation to prove that the elections boycott was ineffective and therefore willing to let the charade stand as valid, observers have noted that every contestant will definitely move in bullion vans to each booth for cash payments to induce voters in 2019. After all, if the Buhari-led government accepted that in Anambra in November 2017, why would anybody complain about the new norm in 2019? ”
“Cash payments at voting centres has come to stay; introduced in Anambra on 18 November 2017, and accepted as normal by the Buhari government. It has become one of the great legacies of the Buhari government. The central government refuses to investigate, prosecute those behind it and even nullify such dubious elections, probably because the party that was awarded victory does not represent a threat to the ruling party.
‘’As we accept this horrifying anomaly as valid and commendable elections, we are only preparing the death of Nigeria. As we pretend that the election boycott of 18 November 2017 in Anambra is insignificant, we are only warming up to make 2019 election not only laughable but impossible.’’