Certainly, dark clouds hover above Nigerians. The country has witnessed systemic collapse on daily bases since 2015. Every part of Nigeria’s architecture is in ruins. The judiciary, legislature and security agencies are now integral parts of the executive. Those in power have perfected strategies to cage the system for total control. The just-concluded charade in Kogi and Bayelsa is a clear signal that Nigeria inches dangerously towards the fringes.
From Ekiti, Osun, Kano, Nigerians have been denied rights to vote for candidates of their choice. The principles and practice used in stealing votes are to first engage the police, then the judiciary and if necessary the legislative arm of government. Breaking down the strategy engaged, the police and sometimes soldiers are used to enforce compliance. To further their Intensions, thugs are dressed in police or army uniforms with sophisticated weapons to intimidate electorates.
Before I conclude on the security aspect of rigging under APC, I will highlight the role of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC). They are responsible for registering voters. With such powers in their discharge, they have perfected the game of numbers. With the help of the heavily corrupt commission, a community of 10,000 people can have 200,000 registered voters. Usually, the areas of strength of the party in power are bloated, that way ballots are thumb printed to fill up the balance. Areas of opposing votes are naturally more populous but INEC knows how to make their number irrelevant.
Let me go back to the security aspect of the rigging trend and tie it up with all collaborators diminishing our democratic experience and pushing Nigeria towards the cliff. The police will express bitterness on the rate of “violence”, complain that political parties are irresponsible- play to the Galery as much as they can. INEC will condemn the violence in strategically targeted areas and order cancellation. This action will appear impartial but the game of numbers as explained earlier has already sealed the fate of the opposition party.
The court is the next destination. There are two types of judgments, one read from a scripted draft by INEC, police and hired witnesses and the other, which is mindless, reckless unconstitutional and bereft of common sense like the Buhari vs Atiku Supreme Court judgement explanation. The gavel drops and the wrong candidate is pronounced elected. This is regardless of Evident bad governance, poor treatment of civil servants, just the way Yahaya Bello did in the last four years.
The educated electorates are the real problem. They are divided into two. The influencers and simpleton. Educated electorates know the truth, but decide to protect their own personal interests. The influencers are the middlemen. They are used by politicians to convince electorates to vote for the highest bidder. They are seen on social media advocating for their candidates or political party. The simpleton is the ones who will never participate in deciding who lead them. These simpletons will, however, lead campaigns for their chosen candidate to win the prize money for Big Brother Nigeria (BBN) reality show and other stupid errands of social media.
Nigeria has been figured out by the APC who have learnt and perfected on the gaps created by the previous ruling political party’s. With the newly engaged principle and practice of rigging deployed on Nigeria’s political space, Nigerians may no longer be able to bring in candidates of their choice to power. The country is dying in the hands of the worst leaders since independence. Votes can no longer count, Nigerians must, therefore, stand united to push out these unpatriotic fellows by all constitutionally necessary – which includes mass protest.