– A former governor of Ogun state, Segun Osoba, advises President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended electoral act into law
– He suggests that falsification of results will be checked if the act is signed into law
– INEC locates 19 illegal polling units in Akwa Ibom state
A former governor of Ogun state, Segun Osoba, has blamed ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, for contributing immensely to the current leadership crisis in Nigeria.
Osoba and other speakers at a colloquium in Lagos on Monday, August 6, suggested that the country was doomed unless Nigerians seriously reconsider the nation’s leadership recruitment process, The Sun reports.
’”I’m sorry to say this; people will say l keep talking about Obasanjo. The day Obasanjo rigged the AD out of government was the beginning of the downward trend of the leadership in this country.
“The governors at the time were able to checkmate him. (Victor) Attah was also on our side at the Council of States’ meeting even though he was of the PDP. But for us Obasanjo would have caused more havoc before 2003,” the former governor of Ogun state said.
Osoba advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended electoral act into law, saying it provides for the transmission of election results electronically from the various polling units directly to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) central system.
He stated that falsification of results would be checked if the act is signed into law.
He said: “In the amendment of the Electoral Act, it talks about using the electronic system. And any electoral officer that fails to promptly transmit the result to INEC’s central system or headquarters can be jailed for five years. It is a very beautiful idea that give me hope in this country.
“I want the president to sign the Act so that the issues of 1.9 million votes can stop.
“Let everybody be part of the system and monitor it so that somebody will not collect N5, 000 and sell his or her right to the politician.”
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, made the disclosure at enlarged stakeholders’ forum in Uyo on Monday, August 6, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The REC said that the illegal polling units were in Obot Akara and Uyo local government areas, adding that that some of the polling units were located in hotels, church, mosques among others.
He said that INEC found that the polling units concerned were located in violation of its guidelines; therefore there was the need to relocate and rename some polling units in the state.
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