Elder statesman and prominent Northern politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has revealed that massive rigging took place in the North in the 2015 general elections, even as he cited instances of manipulation in the polls.
Speaking when he led the northern leaders stakeholders assembly to meet with former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna, Niger state, Yakasai said some southerners based in the North were disenfranchised in 2015, describing that as “a form of rigging”.
He stated that while the electronic voting was religiously observed in the southern part of the country at the time, it was not so observed in the North. Newsworth recalls that the 2015 presidential election threw up opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, as president while the then incumbent, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, from the south, lost.
According to him, “There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote. That was rigging.
“Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging.”
The elder statesman was categorical that the failure of residents in the north to use the electronic voting system, which was first used in the country during the 2015 general elections, also marred the elections.