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Nigeria’s electoral process shambolic, nonsensical—Bode George



Nigeria’s electoral process shambolic, nonsensical—Bode George
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A former deputy national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George,has described Nigeria’s electoral as shambolic and nonsensical that is making the country’s nosedived both economically and politically.

The PDP chieftain who disclosed this during a press conference held in his office in Ikoyi on Monday, said the system is designed to be manipulative.

Chief Bode George also expressed worry over the judiciary’s role in deciding election winners in Nigeria.

This was after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja announced that it would issue its ruling on Wednesday.

The tribunal, in a statement on Monday, announced it would on Wednesday deliver judgment on the petitions challenging the declaration of Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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George, however, questioned why the judiciary hadn’t ordered INEC to re-conduct the polls to help the emergence of true winners, as opposed to issuing declarations to decide election winners.

He said, “Our country has been doing very little positively and very much negatively. In the last few days, I have been thinking as a former military officer and as a civilian since I have served five presidents.

“A glitch on the day of the election is unforgivable but the INEC chairman told us they were ready but with what happened, generations to come will never forgive him.

“The most contentious issue in Nigeria today is the judiciary, it is one of the pillars of government. Is it right for the judiciary to tell us who won or lost the election? What we understand by democracy is Government of the people by the people and for the people but in our own case it shouldn’t be Government of the judiciary by the judiciary and for the judiciary. Is that democratic?

“It is the will of the people that should prevail. If you discover any wrong, ask them to go back and conduct a fresh election even if it takes a hundred times. The job of the judiciary is not to tell us who lost or who won.”