By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 election, Mr Peter Obi has described as scandalous and height of brigandage last Saturday’s supplementary election in Kano State.
Obi said that what all democratic watchers saw in Kano state rerun election last Saturday amounts to licensing Nigetian youths for violence, and setting a very dangerous precedent.
In a statement on Monday, Obi through his Media Office said, “We are now institutionalizing thuggery and rigging as process of coming into power which is a very dangerous precedent for the country”
The Vice Presidential candidate said that proceeds in the name of results from what happened in Kano make the entire electoral process ridiculous and shameful.
According to the statement, Obi remarked that the Nigeria Police that mobilized its top officers and men to Kano state to secure the state during the election but allowed political thugs to control the process owe Nigerians and election observers a lot of explanations on what happened.
He also questioned the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) that was quick to recognize and acknowledge election results from a process where machetes carrying miscreants took charge of the process.
The former governor of Anambra State warned that by what went on in Kano at the weekend, we are dangerously bequeathing to this society a trend that is bound to consume not only our youths but the entire country.
The former Anambra State governor said that Nigeria further ridiculed herself and made the country a laughing stock for thinking that the kind of process witnessed in Kano at the weekend will produce leadership that can grow the state.
He described as regrettable the unnecessary loss of quality heads in this election and mentioned in particular the killing of a Professor in Benue which he said is most painful.
“If India with over 800 million voters can conduct election without losing such calibre of people, if President Buhari and APC could come into power in 2015 without such senseless loss of lives, why should this be the case now?” he questioned.
Obi finally prayed for the souls of the departed and fortitude for the relations and friends of those who lost their lives.