That crap called a rerun in Rivers State

At St Pius X College, Bodo, scene of mayhem during the Rivers State rerun election

At St Pius X College, Bodo, scene of mayhem during the Rivers State rerun election

Sir: I think the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government should come out and define the corruption they said it claims to be fighting. This is very important because what happened in some parts of Rivers State last weekend is, to say the least, very unfortunate and embarrassing. To me, the bedrock of corruption is electoral fraud. There is basically no moral justification for still keeping the likes of Nnamdi Kanu, Sambo Dasuki and others behind bar if what happened in some parts of Rivers State during the rerun could still happen in this 21st century, in the world’s most populous black nation.

What is the essence of sending platoons of security agents to Rivers State before the election as if there was an external aggression? I am aware that there might be few lapses in the elections conducted during the PDP era, but I am also aware that CHANGE means that there would be improvements and turnaround in the way things used to be done. What we saw in Rivers State shows that this change is indeed a backward change. In Abonema, there were about 600 security men in one unit but the tension could not allow election to be held. Why? The forces against rigging were more than those for rigging. That is a big shame to the so-called anti-corruption fighters,

What is the moral justification for imposing a candidate on the people? When has it been mandatory that one particular candidate must represent a particular set of people? If we can easily rush to congratulate Ghana and pledge to work with the opposition candidate that just won the presidential election, why is it then difficult in this part of the world to allow the opposition thrive? If it is not arresting members of the opposition parties over trumped up corruption charges and running them down on the pages of newspapers, it will be refusing to release them when a court of competent jurisdiction grants them bail.

Thereafter, another charge will be brought against same accused person, all in a bid to ensure that the person remains permanently in custody.

Paul John, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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