2015 Election Lacks Moral Authority – Onovo | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

Cover Choice, POLITICS

2015 Election Lacks Moral Authority – Onovo

Posted: Jun 14, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in 2015, Chief (Engr.) Martin Onovo was recently honoured by The Pan-African Students Congress Conference, PASCON. In this interview with IFEOMA ONONYE, he speaks on his award and the fact that June 12 may have no significance to the current political power change in Nigeria.



June 12, 2015, is coinciding with the very first shift in party politics in Nigerian Democracy, what is the political significance of this change? 

Most Nigerians desire good governance. We wanted a change in the political leadership of Nigeria from the 2015 general elections and we worked very hard for a positive change but the ‘powers that be’ have imposed a corrupt and lawless leadership on Nigeria through structured and powerful manipulations. Violence and a threat of a catastrophic violence were also employed. The political significance of this change could have been that for the first time since Independence, an incumbent Commander-in Chief lost a presidential election. But since the victory was fraudulently obtained, the political significance is the promotion of lawlessness and rigging. The political significance also includes the new government’s lack of moral authority.

Do you think there is cause for celebration? 

There is no cause for celebration. There are real reasons for serious concern. The APC lacks the moral authority to lead as it was funded with slush funds. The Vision of the new leadership is obviously deceitful. The integrity of the new party is questionable. The competence of the new leadership is embarassing and the acceptability of the new leadership is sectional. We must be vigilant and work with the new government to mitigate the impending catastrophic failure. A possible political panacea for this situation is, a ‘Government of National Unity’ involving all parties that participated in the fraudulent general elections. This has been previously proposed but the childish euphoria of victory blinds the APC to reality.

Do you believe Democracy have come to stay in Nigeria? 

Democracy can be established in Nigeria. Our Constitution requires democracy but the present disorder in Nigeria prevents the practice of democracy. Before we can firmly establish democracy, we must restore the rule of law. This requires the improvement of our law enforcement effectiveness and also the effectiveness of our judiciary. Only a good government can do such so, we do not see how this new government can do such. But we will continue to contribute towards the establishment of democracy in Nigeria.

 What do you think is still lacking in Nigeria democracy?

Democracy has two pillars: ‘The rule of law’ and ‘The integrity of the ballot’. Both are lacking in Nigeria. What we have in Nigeria is a’criminocracy’ because, criminal means of, Violence, Corruption, Abuse of Power, Rigging, etc. are used during elections. The 2015 general elections suffered so many frauds including: ethnically skewed disenfranchisement: 68.8m voters vs. 28.7m votes; absence of result sheets; collation frauds; one day vs. two days election; endless (3 days?) collation; INEC deceit: Card readers vs. exemption for presidential elections; practically impossible results, Kano, Katsina, Borno, Rivers, Yobe, etc; invalid nominations allowed by INEC; use of slush funds; violation of election finance limits (S. 91 of Electoral Act); violence; underage voters; illegitimate candidates allowed by INEC. Late President Umar YarAdua had the integrity to publicly confirm that the election that brought him to power in 2007 was ‘flawed’. He went further to promote electoral reforms. Since then, things have got worse democratically for Nigeria. General Buhari can also choose to confess to repair the moral foundation of the government that he leads.