The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the February 23 election, Peter Obi, has stated that no country can grow with election rigging.
In a statement from his media office on Sunday, Obi said rigging only keeps incompetent people in office.
The former governor of Anambra state said the “rigging that characterised the general election” undermines the country’s democracy.
He said rigging has undermined the future of the country, ridiculed the fight against vices and tainted the integrity of those responsible for it.
“The only thing rigging does to a country is that it continues to keep incompetent people in office, and as a result, rather than put energy in creating jobs to engage its teeming youths, it instead channels it trying to contain all sorts of vices and brigandage,” he said.
Obi maintained that the process through which people come into office is far more important than what they do thereafter.
While blaming the sustenance of incompetent persons in political offices on election rigging, the vice-presidential candidate said the enormity of damage done to Nigerians “cannot be quantified.”
He stressed that election manipulation does not tackle the growing problems tackling the country, and urged leaders at all levels to strive and create jobs for millions of unemployed Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Atiku-Obi Presidential Campaign Organization, Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze Monday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to make public polling unit results and other materials used for the 2019 presidential election.
Obaze, who was the candidate of the PDP in Anambra 2017 governorship election and the immediate-past Secretary to Anambra State Government, made this call in a statement he signed and made available to journalists in Awka.
He said it is intriguing that INEC continues to withhold polling unit results and other election materials, long after the presidential election results were announced.
The former diplomat said INEC’s refusal to make the election materials public creates room for doubts and speculations.
“By its conduct, INEC creates room for speculation and imaginations to roam freely. Indeed, Nigerians now wonder what INEC is hiding from them.
“Whatever the encumbrances, INEC must defend its statutory position as an unbiased umpire by releasing election materials for public scrutiny and complying with court orders where applicable,” the statement read.
Obaze argued that the polling unit results are not INEC property but that of Nigerian voters and the legacy of dozens that tragically lost their lives while trying to defend their votes.
“INEC should stop dithering. It should acquit itself and prove to the world that it is neutral by releasing the Nigerian presidential election polling unit results.” he concluded.