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How Can We Hold Credible Elections In Nigeria?

We have been holding elections in Nigeria since 1960 and as it is, apart from the June 12 1993 elections, we cannot boast of having an election that can be termed free and fair. I listened to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who ironically is the head of the AU observation team to the South African elections, say that if there are a few stories of malpractices here and there, it can be excused. I mean, can we not have a FREE AND FAIR election in Africa?

I will appreciate it if we can narrow this down to Nigeria? What do we need in terms of, right policies, technology, and other means, to have a not just credible but free and fair election in Nigeria?

From my view, I think its so easy to detect the kind of fraud we do election wise in Nigeria. The major fraud is to steal ballot papers and massively thumbprint these for the prefered candidate. I know thumbprints are unique, can we not have a system that we run the ballot papers through after the election and any ballot paper that has same thumbprint as a previous one is nullified? Is this hard to do? I think this will totally remove the issue of one person stealing ballot papers to have them thumbprinted in his house.

That's just one way out. Il like to hear more.

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O BOY MAKE WE REVIVE DIS THREAD,TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER AND PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUS MOUTHS ARE Enuf IS ENUF

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yeah--and i will be willing to see the day when we can hold credible election.

Cos this is so sickening to know that some handful of people just playing Nigerians like playing the game of chess.

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@fhemmmy, yes it seems at this point at least, we are saying the same thing.

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It seems like we are talking of same thing.

i agree with you that we need to fight for our votes and there is a need for us to do all it takes to make that happen.

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@fhemmy, the fact that Nigerians of voting age can vote is merely a technical difference to the examples I gave. The votes mean nothing when no real election actually takes place. Is it not the same as people who cant vote by law? When every vote means nothing in practice.

Fine, you are not fighting for the right to vote, but you must fight for your right to have your vote count, in order for those who you vote  in to carry the mandate which comes from the people. When leaders are imposed a nation, you must know that you at this point, you do not posses a genuine right to vote.

Even if you take Obama as an example, nothing stopped a Black man from becoming president LEGALLY twenty years ago, but we all know the chances were one in a miilion that there actually would ever be one. It had nothing to do with having a legal right to be a presidential candidate.

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You needed to see where the arguement started from.

that we need to stop accepting the official of the govt that has been allowing rigging and all the nonsense.

I have always been advocate of fighting for our rght in Nigeria, cos all these fools called leader will not hand over the leadership to us on the platter of gold and they wont do nothing to make the nation better for me and you.

so the argument is not about either we need to fight for it or not, she seems to be arguing me on the fact that we have to be on the line of duty and make it happen.

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You are still handing her the same rubbish argument that Nigerians seem to be made of. Why not reason with her for a bit. She said she is able to vote today because people fought to ensure that they not only get to vote but that each and every vote gets to count. What in the world do you want to happen in the case of Nigeria? We continue to sit down and let the riggers rig their way in while we continue to whine like fools we seem to have become? Or Isn’t it better we stand and fight to ensure that we not only vote but that each vote counts? Why does it seem difficult to accept that one must fight to have things work the way they are supposed to? In all your life, you have had to fight to get where you are now, why is it hard to accept that you have to fight to get your vote to count?

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I do understand what yuo saying, however, here is the difference.

1, Everyone can vote as long as you are of age and a citizen, like every other civilized nation - - do u agree

2, We are just being fooled compared to the other nations you were talking about, where they ave to fight for the law to change to accommodate other race and gender.

3, The changes were embraced after all the fighting and now, they have moved passed all that stage.

Now, in Nigeria, we are being fooled that me and you can vote as a Nigerian and of age, and yet the vote doesnt count, cos they know the winner be4 the start of election.

So there is no comparison.

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@Fhenny, yes I live in a western society where my vote counts, now[b][/b]. In the past people here could not vote unless they belonged to the elite, hmmm sounds familiar.

I can vote today because people fought for it, before I was even born. Not only as a Black person, but also a woman. The US was the same was it not? There was a time when Blacks could not vote, and the vote of a poor White person did not count either. Black people could not even be lower class, they were SLAVES and not really seen as human beings. There were movements and people who believed in a better situation did not just sit back. This was not that long ago, remember Martin Luther king? If not for him and others in the civil rights movement we would not have an Obama. That is FACT.

The countries which we term as civilised today went through some of the same challenges as Nigeria is today, it was just in a different era. The road out of it will not be any different for Nigeria. In fact just look at South Africa, where they just elected a new president weeks ago, from a leading Black party, we all remember when these same people could not even vote, let alone win an election. Why do we think Nigeria's situation will be different? That these people will just hand over to the people? Has that ever happened in history? Even Ghana who we like to say is so civilised today, came from a removal of the political elite in the time when Rawlings was president.

I am not saying there should be war or anything, but democracy comes from the people.

If the average Nigerian refuses to admit this to themselves, its better to just accept the country the way it is.

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It is encouraging in the western/developed world to register and to vote, because you know your vote will be counted, and you know if fraud is found and arrested, some pple might be working out in the jail's gym, but not in Nigeria.

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U could register all you want and your vote will not count, because, there are casted ballots waiting to be counted even for the 2011 election that is yet to be called.

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@ I have spent enough time in a civilised country (my whole life) to know my own part in making it work.

If you are waiting for those "elites" to one day hand over to the average Nigerian, you are the one who is deluded. While they still retain have the choice they will keep power/wealth/authority for them and them alone.

That is FACT.

Nigerians only have but two choices, affect positive change in Nigeria, or accept it just the way it is.

The sooner Nigerians graduate from simply pointing out the obvious of what is happening now, they can then begin to actually do something to create a better society for their great great great grandchildren.

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@kobojunkie,

what did americans do when they felt bush was rigged into power?

how did a common american influence the system then?

what did a common man do in the ghanian situation that warranted the change in the country?

how does a passanger in an aircraft decide where the plane goes?

what is the relevance of what is happening in ekiti state today to the act of standing up against the govt?

in your case, u are still confussed over the situation in nigeria as you do not know what to believe.

have u taken ur time to know the difference between the usa democracy and nigerian democracy?

you are always hiding ur personality. i urge you to stand up for what you believe in. stop pretending. take a side and defend your belief.

what can a hungry society do?

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before we can stand at the polling stations, we must first register to vote and ask our relations, friends and acquaintances to do likewise.

thereafter we would have empowered ourselves to cast our vote.

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i am sure it will happen when we all really wanna see change, but to see the changes, we all have to get involved.

let us stand at the polling station and be willing to stand with the counting of the votes.

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@anonimi

well done. Your post said it all. Information and the enlightenment of Nigerians about the true source of their problems is the way out. This will help us in rejecting bad leaders. Cheers.

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Something to ponder about as we approach 2011.

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Public enlightenment, not mega party

By Abba Kyari

THE current fad in the polity is the need to create a mega-party to challenge and defeat the PDP in the next set of elections in 2011.

This is a dangerous move. It will hand a propaganda coup to the PDP and its apologists, because this exercise is bound to fail. Most of the so-called parties are essentially shelf parties. The PDP will buy them and they will be its proxies in the talks. They will act as its fifth columnists to scuttle any such effort. If sitting governors elected on the platform of other parties will defect to the PDP, custodians of paper parties are unlikely to hold out. A second danger is that the proponents of this effort are also unwittingly making the following assumptions:

1. That the PDP is a popular party,

2. That the PDP did actually win popular vote in both the 2003 and 2007 elections.

3. That there will be free and fair elections.

How did the opposition elements entrap themselves to this mind set? Otherwise, they should know that you do not need a mega-party to defeat the PDP in any election properly conducted. Just consider this. This is a party that has been in government both in the centre and almost all of the states for the last ten consecutive years. A decade that saw the country blessed with unprecedented revenues accruing to the treasury, not due to any effort of the government, but from proceeds of the sale of oil which happens to be under our land and sovereign waters, explored and exploited neither by our technology nor expertise. This is the same period when Nigerians have never had it so very bad. Every index of human development has gone down. Our people are dirt poor. All indices of criminality have shot up in both the public and private sectors.

In terms of policy, what has passed off as reform is essentially asset stripping of public institutions that created instant billionaires with two places in the Forbes List. Transcrop has been reduced to barely managing a hotel with a monopoly of public sector market. No effort is required. They have failed to manage NITEL. The result is an unproductive and uncreative crony capitalism.

The most important aspect of our economic policy is the monthly sharing of oil revenues among the three tiers of government, which are promptly stolen at the state and local government levels, without any fear. Although there are some refreshing green shoots in Lagos. At the Federal level relate the expenditure to the state of our roads and power, except for Abuja where there was transformational impact, regrettably even this is fading. At the level of public service, all that matters is the distribution of offices on ethnic, religious and regional basis. Public office is dispensation of patronage, not a call to duty. Competence and professionalism have no place. Ask Bello Suleiman.

In the last ten years, the government has only been serving the interest of some charming rogues in the private sector and public office holders in the executive and legislative arms, with the civil servants facilitating the scam and, in the process, more than helping themselves. INEC, the security services and the judiciary are handsomely rewarded for rigging elections, facilitating the molest of the electoral process and suppressing the people and conferring 'legitimacy on fraud'. People don't matter. The government is in power not as a result of their will or consent. The whole world has borne testimony to this, except the legendary insular Kutigi. Votes don't and won't count.

So what will a mega-party do? Are the proponents of such a party assuming that[b] the President, having rejected the recommendations of a committee he set himself, appoint an independent person to chair INEC?[/b] It is safe to assume that he is likely to appoint somebody who will announce the results while voting is still going on or results being collated, declaring him a winner. Once this is done, the security services are at hand to clamp down on any form of agitation.

The job of the security services is made easy because emirs and bearded Mallams are at hand to decree that it is un-Islamic to challenge the will of Allah. The judiciary will once again confirm the result. The super-rich will provide the funds for spin and the art of lying that goes on as propaganda in a complicit media. The European Union, British Foreign and Commonwealth office and the US State Department will make the statutory declaratory statements of displeasure and promptly increase the search for oil in the Niger-Delta. The Chinese make no pretentions about democracy, they will buy oil and dump sub-standard goods on us.

The Economist and the Financial Times will make some typically British cynical and sarcastic comments and promptly come to organise international conference in Nigeria to underline the confidence of the international business community in the country, which will be interpreted to mean sanctioning the fraud. Meanwhile in the Weekly Economic and Financial indicators published by the Economist newspaper, Nigeria only features when the measurement is on poverty and corruption. The Financial Times also promptly sends a team to produce a special report on Nigeria. For most countries these reports are just about 4-6 pages. In our case, it will be up to 24 pages, more than three-quarters is advertisement. The oligarchs are at hand to underwrite the expenses and place advertisements. The Pearson Group will make a handsome profit, they know how to make fools part with their money.

Against this background, is it not, as they say, like a second wife, to wish for a triumph of hope over experience, to expect that there will be free and fair elections, which is the only basis for electoral contest. A party that is not willing to have internal democracy, is not about to allow a free or fair context. At their next meeting, let the opposition consider the following five - point agenda two short of the government's 7-point agenda:

i. Is the President likely to appoint an independent person to chair INEC, a person who will insist the elections will be conducted in accordance with the law?

ii. That the Emirs and Mallams will not engage in satanic interpretation of the Holy Quran, that fraud, poverty, injustice and inequity are not from God.

iii. The security services will remain neutral and professional

iv. The international business and political community will pay more than lip-service

v. In the event of a disputed election there will be good and courageous judges at the Supreme Court who will over-rule themselves and pronounce that a candidate cannot be declared a winner without INEC producing the election results as was held in 2003 or as in 2007, and that elections could not be said to have taken place without legal ballot papers.

If they can answer all the above in the affirmative, then it will be for the opposition to lose the next election. If they affirm their faith in the system, they should go ahead with the meetings in Abuja, Lagos and Kaduna and prepare a common platform for the 2011 elections.

If they don't believe that it is likely to have an independent and incorruptible INEC, neutral and uncompromised security services and judiciary, they are best advised to have faith in the people and not to waste time on the formation of a mega-party. They should rather engage in mass campaign of public enlightenment and organisation to secure popular base to create a mass movement, that will be ready to reject imposition of unelected governments and revolt against poverty, injustice and oppression. BBC Karkara has provided the awareness and opportunity to embark on such exercise. To educate them that contrary to what the Emirs and Mallams tell them, the mass misery afflicting them is not from God, but is as a direct result of the incompetence and corruption of their so called leaders.

This exercise, contrary to meetings in cosy homes and offices, requires hard work, effort, commitment and above all faith in the people. There is no royal ride to success. The people properly enlightened, educated, mobilised and adequately led will reject and revolt against a situation that has all but enslaved them and condemned them to poverty. Sardines do not applaud their can.

Kyari lives in Kaduna

[url=http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/editorial_opinion/article02/indexn3_html?pdate=150409&ptitle=Public%20enlightenment,%20not%20mega%20party&cpdate=150409]Guardian[/url]

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To hold a credible election in Nigeria,i think they should creat job opportunity for the youth.b/cos so called selfish politician make use of the youth who are jobless as their thugs .for instance ekiti rerun election has shows us that the thugs are unemployed.

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(2.) The normination, appointment,& Funding  of the Chairman & his entire National electoral team should rest with a well recorgnised N.G.Os'. This should be, so that the chairman or any of his/her electoral team will not want to favour a section that brought him/her to office. & lastly

this is absolutely false. all ngo(s) in the country are funded by the politicians and/or their friends abroad. in fact ngo(s) are one of the major problems. nigeria's electoral crisis is deeper than appointment of commissioners.

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Our leaders in the National Assembly are the only people that can cure this ELECTORAL DISEASE:- (1.) The electronic system of voting should be introduced,so as to detect double thumbprint. (2.) The normination, appointment,& Funding of the Chairman & his entire National electoral team should rest with a well recorgnised N.G.Os'. This should be, so that the chairman or any of his/her electoral team will not want to favour a section that brought him/her to office. & lastly (3.)We Nigerians' should leave our LONGTHROAT intrest,that we always show to the PoTICians,lets show them we want development & not them throwing money on us,when ever they visit grassroot.

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I wish the above where that easy. The educational Establishment or instructmen ts to use for educating one self has been killed by underfunding. Yes i know corrupt people and relations but unfortunately they have police and army guards. So tell me who do i report to. We need a tiny enabling environment to start but the true fact "courage has been zapped out of the people"

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maybe we are not matured to get a grip or maybe we need a century to get grip. i dont know but what i do know that quiet movement has started it will take time to build momentum.

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Jazzsoul's post #3 above summarises the core issue. It is you and I that know our corrupt relations and friends with whom we sometimes join their praise-wagons and only we can stop the corruprion train from dragging us downhill where kidnappers have joined the long list of resulting woes.

We need to educate and reorientate ourselves and take our destiny in our hands,

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Even black slaves in the americas, after centuries of indentured servitude, did not all offer up the same excuses you do above for why you consider the Nigerian people incapable of getting a grip of their own destiny! Don't you think it is time to put an end to this mentality that THEY are to blame for it all? Come on!!!

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You have spent to much time abroad and now you are seeing  london bridges in your dream.  Please let me remind  you.  Your so called elites have deprived the people so much that we have lost our ability to think thus leading the same confused people to go back to the elites to beg for food.  Dear friend it is a hopeless situation.  Nobody wants to die it is far easier for me and you to say to the people "go and fight for your rights from overseas. " I stongly believe that the elites have systems in place which weakens one's might

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Nigerians can not do much about the current electoral system. However they can stop the willingness to be used in preventing it from working properly.

I feel Nigerians have to take their share of the blame for the leaders they have. Its like saying Ghanaians or Americans had no say or responsibility for their new governments. They did, and they realised it at the critical time. In both countries they snatched power away from the ruling party, to elect two individuals who were relatively unknown when compared to their opponents.

The majority spoke in one voice. The only people speaking with one voice and one goal in Nigeria are the ruling elites, and today they are more powerful than the populace who outnumber them by hundreds of millions.

Until Nigerians realise it is their collective lack of responsibility that has helped keep the status quo, they will continue to suffer. Thats fact.

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LET'S START FROM STABLE POWER SUPPLY, THEN WE CAN TAKE IT FROM THERE,

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Youths in Ekiti State have already started taking their destinies into their own hands. A good number of them are opposing the rigging of the current elections in the state powerfully. They are making their presence felt in different parts of the state. I have not heard or read of any Ekiti youth being killed by the Police or soldiers. I know youths in other states are watching events unfold in Ekiti State. Fellow Nairalanders, Nigerian youths are getting conscious these days. 2011 will be war against corrupt politicians. Just wait and see. Cheers.

CHANGE IS COMING TO NIGERIA.

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The time is coming, and it is very near, when some of the people on this forum will start acting out their ideas in Nigeria. Every revolution that has happened in history started with concerned citizens bouncing off progressive ideas on each other. For all the naysayers, I want you to know that real change is coming to Nigeria very soon. I have my own plans which I'm keeping under wraps. The revolution that will take place in Nigeria will not be too bloody but a lot of changes will take place.

The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia [ read more about it on the net ] was hatched over some months in a room. Most of the guys that led the Russian Revolution were intellectuals i.e Lenin, Trotsky etc etc. They were just fed up with how the Russian Populace were being ruled by the Tsar and his cabinet. The good thing was that when Lenin and his men sparked off the revolution, they didnt need to do much. Ordinary Russians seized the initiative and took their destinies into their hands. Russian soldiers who had just returned from fighting in the French Revolution joined the civilians in fishing out the corrupt leaders.

The destiny of Nigeria lies in our hands. No Policeman or soldier will shoot you for airing your views when he knows you're fighting for his children's future. Information is the key to great changes in Nigeria. Nigerians need to be informed about the electoral process in the language they can understand. During the 2003 elections, I voted for the Justice Party and the NCP and many people voted for the Justice Party that day on my street. Nigerians know the kind of leaders they want. Nobody has the monopoly of violence in Nigeria. Very soon, some thugs will try to intimidate voters during elections and ordinary citizens will resist them. You will be surprised when that innocent looking guy on your street will suddenly bring out his gun and fire into the air to scare off the thugs. We need to start getting involved in the electoral process.

I have a lot to say but my ideas on how to change Nigeria are very deep and radical. When I was in Uni, I was a member of the press then. One day, I called a meeting of the Press club members and told them what to do about the neglect of the Hall by the Warden. The next morning, strong articles condemning the Hall Warden appeared on the Pressboard. Suddenly, fear and anger enveloped the hall. Before we knew it, some guys in the hall seized the initiative. They went to the gates of the hall and started singing and drumming there. The Warden was due to visit the Hall that morning. As he drove towards the Hall, he saw the aggrieved Zikites by the gates. The poor man abandoned his car and ran for his life.

That Afternoon, the Warden sent Electricians and Plumbers to come and start work on the Hall. Things changed in Zik Hall that week. What I'm saying is this: Things are not so difficult as they seem in Nigeria. We only need to tackle our problems with foresight and courage. Cheers.

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The Nigerian government is infinitely useless!

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surely the citizens have a responsibility but we also have to remember that these people are being used because they are available

they are available because they are hopeless

they are hopeless because they are uneducated and jobless

our leaders impoverished this people so that they can be used and that it the sad story.

So while we demand responsibility from ordinary citizens we also have to attack the culture where people hire thugs they impoverished.

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It is quite obvious to me that the people involved in rigging in Ekiti as in previous elections in Nigeria are the same people who suffer the fate of a rigged election - The so called 'masses'. From pictures seen and video watched, I have not seen Yaradua stuffing ballot boxes neither have I seen or heard Oni or Fayemi thumbprinting ballot papers. However, I have heard that 'thugs' hired by these people are the ones committing all the aforementioned crimes. Who are these thugs? Nigerians, every day citizens just like you and me. In fact, Im sure a lot of people who live in Ekiti know the homes and identities of these 'thugs'.

My point is that we the citizens are the ones who should take charge of our destinies. Even if we drive away all the politicians like someone suggested, as long as we the citizens remain lackadaisical and maintain our siddon look attitude, a fresh set of thieves will spring up and take over.

@ post. How then do we hold credible elections in Nigeria?

I think I have only one answer. We, the citizens, the real stakeholders in this matter need to rise up and take charge of our destinies.

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another idealistic opinion here. this is out of the world. we must be objective here. how do u stand up against these godforssaken criminals? do u think of what they do just to be where they are? do u think of the types of armunitions they import just for elections?

we must preach what we do. we must learn to lead by example. u must be ready to show example of what you mean by standing up against the leaders.

top decieving people here. the worst nigeria and nigerians are ready for now is war.if there is anything u consider a solution, u must be part of it as no one can act just because you have said so and meanwhile u are far away from the scene.

there is practically nothing a common man can do without God's intervention in our situation now.

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I belive nigeria can hold a creadible elections with this stated steps below;

1.INEC SHOULD BE MADE THROUGHLY INDEPENDENT.That is inec funding shouldn't comes from government and appointment into inec offices should be done by the general public through public opinion.

2.THE USE OF ELECTRONICS VOTING MACHINE THAT IS NETWORKED THROUGHOUT THE FEDERATION.This system should be made in such a way that it can only allow a vote per person throughout the federation in any of the  voting category.

3.THE USE OF CCTV TO TRAP DOWN THUGS IN THE COURSE OF THE ELECTIONS.

But i doubt if this can be done by our corrupt leaders;I LOVE NIGERIA.

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Folks this is a serious matter

A resident electoral commissioner for Ekiti is on record to have suggested that 15,000 votes were added by a party and she was being pressured to announce that result even though it was not signed by the monitors on ground.

Votes dont count in Nigeria.

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Democracy is a form of government in which the power is held by citizens.

@Poster, as soon as the citizens start actively playing their part in this system of government, instead of continuing to pass blame to the politicians who are actually supposed to be under the people, not above, then we start having free and fair elections. I believe the solution is truly that simple!

The SYSTEM ought to be made up of the Citizens making most of the decisions and the politicians working towards to will of the people. We have all the laws and policies on paper to aid us in actively partaking in government. No new policies/laws will help change things if we are not willing to switch from our current state to a more proactive state.

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That's a good sign of a failing state. USSR did not collapse in one day. If Nigeria, INEC cannot a hold a successful election in a Local Government in Ekiti State, then Nigeria is in a big dilemma.

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I often wonder why many Nigerians react in amazement when the ugly events over the weekend happened? You do not expect election in Nigeria to be free and fair when those in power had been around from the begining of Nigeria in one way or the other. When being in power means being a demi god and overnight riches, hence people will do all sort to go into power and do all sorts to remain there.  And there are thousands of willing tools, ready to be used by corrupt rulers of Nigeria, if not tell me how many of those arrested or burning and maiming are children or relatives of those politicians?

When the police, army, Navy  and air force thinks that their job is to prtotect only those in power instead of everybody and to arrest and persecute anybody irrespective of their positions in the society.

There will never be a credible election in Nigeria unless the system is cleaned and they start with a clean state. I still believe that only the military can do it and the military I mean is not the type of military headed by politicians in uniforms like Babangida, Abacha and their cronies.  It's the military with the mindset of Kaduna Nzeogwu and his group, who started a revolution until it got ethnic colouration. Until every single person who had had any sort of power in Nigeria are physical wiped out, nothing will change.  It works in Ghana that is why opposition parties has won both parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana twice in recent years without much of the sort of trouble witnessed in Ekiti over the weekend.

If there is option A4 as they call it in Ekiti, which thug will have a ballot paper to snatch? or which politician will have ballot papers to stuff? Which INEC official will have anything/result to run to Abuja with when everybody had already knew the outcome openly and in an instant?

Nigerian rulers and their blind follower knew that this system works, hence their opposition to it's adoptation, if not why is Babangida whose under his administration Humphrey Nwosu used this system successfully keeping mute over it's adoption for instance? if not that sysem produced what they are not use to, i.e a candidate the Kaduna mafia always forced on gullible Nigerians.

Some also will say, I have come again but I had to say it again that, Nigeria had over streched it's marriage of existence. It's time everyone go home and sort themselves out. If Nigeria cannot successfully hold an election free and fair without shedding of blood in just 63 wards, what hope is there?

What is happening in Ekiti will have taken a different tone if this is purely Oduduwa problem without the likes of Okiro, Maurice Iwu, Yar Adua, Jonathan all coming from far away lands to meddle and this will finally be decided by non Oduduwa son called Judges of the appeal court in the end.

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Every Nigerian needs to get Civilised first. We are not civilised.

See what happened in South Africa or Ghana will never happen in Nigeria in the next 50years.

In South Africa Thabo Mbeki stepped down merely because he was accused of meddling with Judicial affairs.

Jacob Zuma who was already the party leader and President did not hastily rush into power but rather waited to be voted in.

Molanthe who took over power in Interim Capacity did not even try to form his own party to challenge Zuma his party's choice.

And when the election was held freely and fairly, Zuma won fair and square.

Can any of this civility happen in Nigeria? Mbeki will not certainly step down in Nigeria, Jacob Zuma will not dream of postponing his opportunity to assume power for the sake of any Election, Molanthe would have certainly reformed the ANC or formed a new party in other to remain in power and the election that brought Zuma to power won't certainly be free and fair.

Or are we talking about Ghana where Gerry Rawlings deputy lost elections to then opposition candidate John Kuffor, and then John Kuffor's deputy and prefered candidate lost the primary election to Nana Akuffo Ado. And then Nana Akuffor Ado who is in the President's party and who President Kuffor voted at the general election lost to the opposition candidate Prof. Atta-Mills.

Will any of these civility be shown in Nigeria?

If anybody tells you Nigeria is giant of Africa tell them to wake up from sleep . . . . .  the world is moving beyond us.

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Sky Blue,

yes, having institutions here does not stop at inec alone. the judiciary will be independent, the corruption fighting commission must be an opposite of what we had under obj. with all the institutions in place and very independent of the parties in power, the president will have less powers and the constitutin of the country will supperior to any man be him the president of the party chairman.

but as long as the chairman of the party is appointed by the president with the advise of his party, as long as the man at the helm of affairs in our efcc is more powerful than our constitution, as long as nigeria is having two headquaters in aso rock and ottah farm, as long as past leaders have remained the present leaders, as long as this recycle in leadership continues, as long as there as untouchables, as long as pdp is the constitution of nigeria, as long as political thugs are kingmakers, my doubts will still remain thick.

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The right question should be, "How can we avoid holding INCREDIBLE elections in naija?"

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1.when we have a credible INec chairman,

2. all parties field credible candidates

3. we have a credible police

4. credible voters.

till then we will continue to have the ''do or die'' elections in nigeria.

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God will have wipe out Nigeria and restart the country again which i doubt is going to happen. Dear friend u and i need to do something radical.

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ONLY WHEN OBASANJO DIES WITH ALL HIS WURU WURU WAYS INTO GRAVE YARD>

BUT HE HAD ALREADY CORRUPTED ALL PDP MEMBERS.IT IS A BIG CULT NOW.

Pls let talk about another country,atleast we all saw what happened in Ekiti after all these wahala

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I think what we need now is the intervention of God in our country and that the Lord will eliminate this Papa Deceiving Pikin people from the way dat is when we can have a Free and Fair elections in Nigeria. Take Ekiti State for an Example PDP wants to av their way by all means and if they do so, the people will no accept them. U CANT FORCE UR CANDIDATE ON US PDP AND HIS MEMBERS, IT IS WELL WITH DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA

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it takes only GOD;S DIRECT intervention.we nigerians and our leaders are so corrupt that it is only GOD that can right all the wrongs.credible election is no where feasible in this country.

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