Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged politicians to perform maximally in office, saying politicians are no longer responsible to the electorate due to the alleged role of security officers in rigging elections. He maintained that if politicians knew that solders and police officers would not be contracted to rig elections for them, they would be more responsive to the electorate because their votes would count. He, therefore, charged the military to make a difference and stop involving its officers in politics, protect Nigerians, fight bandits and insurgency and shun carrying ballot boxes during elections. I am sure you must have seen where the 6 Division turned to INEC office with ballot papers everywhere. Governor Wike also challenged the COAS to be more patriotic and stop the Army and other security agencies from encouraging non-performance by political office holders. On his part, Attahiru, who said he visited the state to assess the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, commended the governor for the peace and security in Rivers State and his zero tolerance for separatist groups.
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Nigeria is one of the African countries that is responding to Western pressures to make its states acquire a liberal and democratic culture. Over the years, Nigeria has practiced what can be described as fraudulent democracy. This situation has already become. Nigeria has been a democracy since when the military handed over government power to elected officials. Since then, the countries electoral system has experienced many upsets and downfalls.
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Apparently incredulous, the interviewer, Esther Ogun-Yusuf, repeated what she heard. He is not beholden to the electorate! Take the general elections. Well, because the courts later annulled the elections of nine of the state governors for various electoral malpractices, leading subsequently to staggered elections.
Nigeria just concluded her presidential and National Assembly elections and there have been accusations and counter accusations of rigging among political parties. They have already gone to court and also demanded the release of election materials from the electoral commission. In the just concluded elections for instance, there were reports of clashes between army officials and suspected thugs. Nine persons were reportedly killed including a soldier.