Political life more than ever consists of a scramble for the spoils of power, first for oneself, then for one’s family, then for one’s group. Only a fool would not use his position to extract the maximum benefit: indeed, such a man would be not only foolish but bad, inasmuch as he was failing to do his best for those to whom he owed his primary loyalty. This is not an atmosphere propitious for the establishment of a stable liberal democracy.
And this is where the good news about
A lot has been written on how
What happened in the 2007 criminalised “election” in
Mr. Obasanjo and Mr. Iwu are not only incompetent; they are also incorrigible and obstinate. They have failed to reason with intelligent minds that what they midwifed in April 2007 is not acceptable in the 21st century. It is a monumental shame and an insult to millions of intelligent Nigerians at home and abroad. As a matter of fact, in a civil society these are men would be standing trial at this time in connection to murder, arson, underage voting, assault, molestation, deceit, lies, fraud, wastages and negligence of duties among other grave atrocities and vices committed before, during and after the “elections”. With the passing time, one just got tired to read about the reckless statements of the custodians of the worthless “elections” that took place in
I think it is a duck excuse to uphold the results of the last election simply because some people agreed that there are no such things as perfect elections. Some elections are actually almost perfect if not perfect in the real sense of it. In my own opinion, if an election has some shortcomings that may perhaps not have any effect on the final outcome, I think that it has the attributes of a model election. Furthermore if there are adequate regulatory mechanisms to detect errors or shortcomings, then an imperfect election can be made perfect by fixing the problem or simply calling for re-election.
For instance, in
The second instance was at a home for elderly people where some social democratic election workers presented a voting place for advanced voting, but only ballot papers for the Social Democratic Party were available. Finally, the third instance was one polling station where one of the tables had voting envelopes already containing ballots for the Social Democratic party. None of these instances were initiated by the Social Democratic Party. They were solitary decisions of the individual election workers.
These anomalies of the 2002 elections have been analyzed by the Swedish Election Review Board and it has been unequivocally stated that they had no effect on the final outcome of the election. The Election Review Board in
The control mechanism in the Swedish electoral systems detected the faults, and they were dealt with according to predefined procedures. I hold the view that these minor occurrences cannot take away the perfection of that election because the control mechanisms detected the faults and the situations were promptly addressed as necessary. Comparatively, where are control mechanisms in the Nigerian Electoral System? We surely need them!
To my knowledge also, in the recent elections in
Unarguably, minor human errors do occur during elections. Such errors do not take away the validity or the integrity of the elections. The anomalies of the Nigerian “elections” were not minor in anyway. It has been adjudged as the worst election in the history of mankind. This means that it was meant to be a do-or-die battle right from the onset. Why would a country that posits itself as the giant of