Using propaganda and military backed violence Nigeria’s ruling APC moves to claim self predicted victory in the presidential election. A wide and robust opposition has asked for its cancellation
Election rigging by Nigeria’s ruling APC ends in self predicted victory
by Chin Ce, Africa Forum
Saturday 23 February 2019 Nigeria presidential election has ended in a predictable win for the Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress, APC, political party – a consequence of several, months of security threats, intimidation, violence, arrests and persecution of opponents with the view to the massive rigging of the election for the incumbent head.
Nigerians have always been shortchanged by the election rigging gambits of their political class. The electoral body called INEC has never conducted any credible elections in Nigerian history. Nigeria, with British support, had contrived a system where the northern section of the country continues to determine the political leadership of the multi ethnic, multi religious society of over 200 million people by force of fraud and abuse of state power. Northern Nigeria’s vaunted populated cities still remain a myth, as Nigeria has no credible census figure save the preponderance in the number of local governments allocated to the North by military fiat for advantage in sharing resources from a central coffer.
In 1983, music legend Fela Kuti sang “Don’t Teach me Nonsense” and chided the British government over the charade of democracy that saw the reelection of northern Nigeria’s Shehu Shagari through fictitious vote allocations. 1993 election, ten years later, was annulled by the northern dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, because a southern Muslim, Moshood Abiola, had beaten the northern Muslim candidate, Barkin Tofa, in a rare show of political maturity by the majority of enfranchised Nigerian voters at that time. In 1998 Abiola was murdered by Nigerian authorities because he was still trying to claim his mandate five years after.
1999 election, coming the year following Abiola’s political martyrdom, was massively rigged for the PDP to install a northern surrogate and former military dictator, Olusegun Obasanjo from the same south west zone. Obasanjo’s military junta had foisted Alhaji Shagari on the country in the 1979 election. Under Obasanjo’s watch the rigging game continued into 2003, 2007, and 2011 on the mastermind of Northern and active backing by Southern politicians.
In 2015, the incumbent PDP president Mr Jonathan of the South, voluntarily abdicated office in an election widely rigged by conniving northern political elements to favour General Buhari’s bloodthirsty ambition for power and control of Nigeria’s mineral resources through his APC political party. The APC is no different from the PDP in election malpractices and boasts of even larger numbers of treasury looters who had migrated from the PDP in the typical aftermath of African political struggles for power.
Ironically the rigging bands of politicians in the PDP, whose 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had masterminded the fall of Jonathan from power in 2015, have since been relegated into a major opposition party. Saturday’s February 2019 presidential rigging by president Buhari’s APC has seen the PDP sorely miffed by its own politics of awarding dubious population and fictitious votes to all the states in Northern Nigeria. It has called for the cancellation of the election charade, and has set up machinery to challenge the imminent announcement of Buhari as winner by Nigeria’s malleable and highly corruptible INEC.
As usual the international communities of America, Britain and Ecowas countries will acclaim the dupery and sue for peace among the parties.
Ahead of this week’s ploy, President Buhari had removed the southern Christian justice chief and unconstitutionally installed a northern Muslim justice predictably to protect the rigging of the elections at the nation’s Supreme Court.
Patriots have argued that without restructuring the unitarian federation, every Nigeria presidential election, like the country, is a guaranteed violent, big for nothing fraud.