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2019 polls: INEC setting dangerous precedence under Yakubu- Dogara

..says those who seek power for selfishly will not end well
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was setting a dangerous and evil precedence in the political history of Nigeria under the watch of Professor Mammod Yakubu.

An electoral official looks at documents at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. – Nigeria’s election authorities announced the suspension of activities in volatile opposition-held Rivers State on March 10 citing violence and threats to its staff, as tensions rise in the wake of closely-watched regional elections. Counting is continuing across the country after the March 9 elections for governors in 29 of Nigeria’s 36 states, all state assemblies and administrative councils in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. Results are expected in the coming days. (Photo AFP)

According to Dogara, one of such ways INEC has debased the institution is by declaring elections inconclusive.

The speaker who made the remarks while addressing the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Abuja onWednesday, also warned against craving for power at all costs, stressing that there had always been grave consequences.

A statement from his office signed by Turaki Hassan, quoted Dogara as stating that the PDP won five out of six states where supplementary elections would hold, expressing optimism for victory.

He said: “It will be very, very unfortunate that INEC, which is led by a first class professor of history will set this dangerous and unacceptable precedence in our political history.

“What has happened is pure evil. Our consolation as faithful members of this society is that evil does not last forever and no evil doer has ever escaped punishment…it is a law of nature, that whatever you sow is what you will reap.

“For those who believe in power for the sake of power and not because they want to empower people, not because they want to better the lives of our people, there are also lessons they can learn from history.

“History is replete with examples of all those who pursued power for the sake of power. Whether it is Hitler, I don’t want to name more, one example is enough. Their lives have always ended up in some tragedy, that is the fate of anyone that seeks power for the sake of power. We have seen that displayed in Nigeria and I wish we can take heed from the lessons of history.”

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